The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game of chance in which players try to make the best poker hand. Each hand consists of five cards. The five cards can be different suits. Depending on the type of the game, the value of each suit may be different. In a straight, for example, the highest card wins.

Players usually play with a set of chips. They are normally green or red in color. Chips are worth two, four or five reds, and 10 or 20 whites. A blue chip is generally the lowest valued chip.

Before the game begins, the dealer assigns a value to each chip. This value is not to be confused with the amount of money the players are putting into the pot.

Cards are then dealt to each player, face up. Typically, the first player to bet makes the first bet. There is a betting interval after each round of dealing. When the bets equalize, the betting interval ends.

After the betting interval, a player has the right to raise or fold. If the player calls, he or she may be required to add a certain number of chips to the pot. For instance, a raise may require fourteen chips.

Players can also discard cards. To discard, a player must first wager. However, a player must not discard more than three cards.

In Texas Hold’em, a 52-card English deck is used. There are two types of Poker, Draw Poker and Straight Poker.