The Basics of Poker


Poker is a betting card game that requires the ability to read opponents and make calculated bluffs. Poker is played with a standard 52-card pack (some variant games use multiple packs or add jokers). Cards are ranked from highest to lowest: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 7, 6, 5, 3, 2. Some games also have wild cards.

Players bet into a pot that is in the center of the table. When betting gets around to your position, you can choose to fold, call, or raise. Saying “raise” means you want to add more money to the pot than the last player. If the person to your right raises, you can either call or raise again.

After the final betting interval, players reveal their hands and the winner takes the pot. If more than one hand has the same rank of pair, three of a kind, or four of a kind, the higher suit breaks the tie.

In fixed-limit games, a limit is placed on the number of chips that may be raised in a betting interval. If a player raises by fewer than the limit, that bet will not count towards the total amount that is raised. The limit is usually twice as much after the draw as it was before—for example, two chips before the draw, four chips after.