The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game of chance played with cards. It is one of the most popular card games in the world. The game is commonly played in casinos, private homes, and online.

The object of the game is to make the best five-card hand possible. The highest-ranking hand wins the pot. There are also various side pots to be won. When two players have the same poker hand, the winner is determined by the high card. The lowest possible hand is 7-5-4-3-2 in two or more suits.

Poker is played with a standard pack of 52 cards. These cards are ranked from Ace to Ace. There are two types of chips: white and blue. The blue chip is the lowest value chip. It is worth ten, twenty, or twenty-five whites.

The first player is dealt a hand. The turn to bet passes to the left. The next player must match the bet. The player who bets the most is called to raise. The next player may either raise, call, or fold. The player who does not call, fold, or raise is called to check.

The players who have the highest hand in a round are said to be “in.” The players who have the second highest hand are called to bet. The betting interval ends when all players have checked.

After the betting period, a showdown is held. When the hands are revealed, the best 5-card hand wins the pot.