The Basics of Poker


The game of poker is a card game in which players place bets and then show their hands to determine the winner. The game has evolved from a simple bluffing game played in the 16th century and is now enjoyed worldwide.

In the beginning of the game each player puts up a small amount of money, known as an ante, to get into the hand. When it is your turn to act you can say “call” or “raise.” Calling means that you will put the same amount of money into the pot as the person before you; raising means that you will add more than they did.

When you raise, you must also indicate how many chips you are adding to the pot with your words. The other players will then decide whether to call your new bet or fold. It is important to note that if you raise with weak hands, your opponent will take advantage of you. It is best to avoid raising with low cards paired with unsuitable high cards.

Once betting is done for a round, the dealer will then deal three more cards to the table face-up that everyone can use, called the flop. After another round of betting, the dealer will then deal a fifth card to the board that everyone can use, called the river. If you still have a strong poker hand after the river, you will win the pot. If you don’t, then it is time to quit and let the other players fight it out!