The Basics of Poker


Poker is a gambling game in which each player plays with five cards. The aim of the game is to make the best possible hand by betting until all the other players have folded. There are different types of poker games, with some of them using jokers or multiple packs of cards.

The game begins with the dealer shuffles the cards and deals them to each player one at a time. Cards may be dealt face down or face up.

A pot is created, which is the sum of the bets of all the players. If there are no ties, then the pot is awarded to the best hand. When there are ties, the high card breaks them. Ties can occur if there are two or more players with the same high card.

The ante is a small bet made by each player before the cards are dealt. It gives the pot a value right away. Players should not raise the stake unless they want to bluff others.

Once the cards have been dealt, a new round of betting begins. Betting is done in clockwise order. In most variants, the deal is rotated among the players.

At the end of the round, the bets are placed into the central pot. This pot is then split as equally as possible. Some games have specific rules for the size of the pot.

The final round of betting is called the showdown. When the final player folds, the pot is collected.