The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game where players compete for money by trying to make the best 5-card hand. The round ends when one player wins all of the money in the pot by having the best hand.


Before cards are dealt, each player puts an initial contribution, called an ante, into the pot to start the game. The amount of ante is usually set by the rules of the game being played.

The dealer (usually a non-player) shuffles and deals the cards to each player at the table. The dealer also collects the pot and passes it to a new player after each round.

In poker, each betting interval begins when a player to the left of the dealer makes a bet. The next player, in turn, must either call by putting into the pot at least as many chips as the last player to call; raise, which means that they put into the pot more than the amount that they called; or drop (“fold”), which means that they give up their chips and are out of the hand until the next deal.

Poor Etiquette

When playing poker, it’s important to practice proper etiquette. For example, it’s bad etiquette to ask how many chips your opponent has; it can distract them and make their decision-making process harder.

Another bad poker etiquette is to reveal your holding after folding; this can give away information about your hand that you don’t want to share with other players.