The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game in which players use their hands to win. Typically, a hand contains five cards, and the winning hand is the one with the highest card value. However, in some variations, more cards are used, or additional jokers are added. Poker has many variants, and is played by a number of people.

In addition to cards, players use poker chips. In games with seven or more players, poker chips should be provided for each player. There are two types of chips: the white and the red chips. White chips are the lowest-valued, and red chips are worth five whites. Dark-colored chips are worth two, four, or five reds, respectively.

Players place their bets in intervals called betting intervals. Generally, the first player must make the first bet. Each player is then required to place equal amounts of chips in the pot, and must raise if another player has raised. When a player decides to fold, he must drop his hand and forfeit his remaining chips in the pot.

The highest hand wins the pot. In seven-card stud, the best hand is the best five-card hand. If a player has a pair of kings, they will hit their hand and win the pot. If they hit the turn and river, the backdoor flush will be complete.