The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game of betting and raising money, played with a deck of cards. The player with the best hand wins the pot.

The rules of Poker vary between games, but the basic idea is to make the best possible hand using your pocket cards and the community cards. The highest standard hand is a flush, which contains 5 cards of the same suit.

When players first begin the game, one or more players are required to place an ante (also called a forced bet). The dealer shuffles, cuts, and deals cards to each player clockwise around the table.

After each round, all bets are gathered into a central pot. This pot is usually divided into a main pot and side pots, which are created from any additional bets made by the remaining players.

A player’s turn to act during a hand begins with the player to their left. This is usually the button position, but it can be moved clockwise in certain situations.

Once a player has their turn, they must say “call” if they wish to match the amount bet or raise by their opponents. They can also say “fold” if they wish to end the hand and concede.

The caller must either call the full amount of the bet or raise a minimum amount in order to stay in the hand. The only exception is if the caller does not have enough chips to call the full amount of the bet.