A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is a card game that involves betting, raising and folding. Depending on the game variant, it can be played with two or more players and involves the use of cards to form a five-card hand. The object is to win the pot, which is the sum of all bets placed during a given deal. The bets are made using chips representing money. Each player starts with a supply of chips equal to the minimum ante or bet amount (or whatever is required by the game rules).

After the players each receive two cards, they put down a bet. A player may then choose to play his or her hand by placing a bet of the same value as the antes (or the initial forced bet, if applicable). If a player wishes to raise his or her bet, the other players must “call” it, add the same number of chips to the pot that was raised, or fold their hands.

The dealer then deals three cards face up in the center of the table, known as the flop. These community cards can be used by all players to make a five-card hand. The highest hand wins the pot.

One of the biggest differences between break-even beginner players and big-time winners is the way that they view the game. It’s important to learn how to look at the game from a cold, mathematical and logical perspective rather than from an emotional or superstitious one.