The Basics of Poker


Whether you’re playing in a casino, at home, or in a private home, Poker is a game of chance. There are hundreds of ways to play, but the basic rules remain the same. You’re always dealt a hand, betting until you win, and eventually folding if you lose.

Poker is played with a 52-card deck. The cards are ranked 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. Some games may add wild cards to the deck. Jokers are also sometimes added.

The cards are shuffled and dealt clockwise around the table. The player to the left of the dealer button must post a small blind. The next player to the left will post a big blind.

The dealer button, which is usually a white plastic disk, is the nominal dealer. The button moves one spot clockwise after each hand.

The dealer then deals two cards to each player. The cards are then shuffled and passed to the next dealer. The first player left of the dealer button is the next person to be dealt cards.

After the first round of betting, each player to the left of the dealer button must either “call” or “raise” the bet. If none of the players have a better hand, then the player who made the first bet should call the next bet. The player who calls will win the pot.

After the first round of betting, the dealer deals cards clockwise around the table. Each player is dealt a hand one at a time. The players then reveal their cards in the final betting phase. If a player folds, he loses any chips in the pot.