Getting Started With Poker


Poker is a card game where players use their skills to bet on the cards they have. It is a source of entertainment and even a livelihood for many around the world.

Getting started

In poker, the dealer deals the cards to each player one at a time. The deal is followed by several betting rounds that develop the players’ hands. The final round is called a showdown, and the winner is determined by the best hand at that time.

How to play the game

In each betting interval, a player must place in the pot a number of chips (representing money) that is at least as large as the amount placed by the previous player. The betting interval ends when all of the bets have been equalized or when the player has dropped out.

The rules of each variant may vary; however, most games have a basic structure.

A player’s hand consists of five cards, ranging from the highest card to the lowest. A hand can contain any combination of these cards, including high cards, pairs, and straights, as well as two or more pairs.

How to win the game

In most poker games, the highest hand is awarded the pot. In some games, the highest hand is also the lowest-ranked hand; these variations are called “high low split” games.