The Basics of Poker

Poker is an internet based card game played by people around the world. It is also known as holdem and is played with six cards, two of which are dealt in each hand and three others hidden. Poker is actually a family of games, each having its own rules in terms of betting where players bet over which hand is most likely to come up next, sometimes following the rules of the other game. There are various styles of poker played throughout the world including Caribbean poker, European poker, Texas holdem and online poker.


Poker is played with seven-card stud, five-card spread and the royal flush, which have different betting rules. There are four suits of chips: clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. A player can use any combination of these chips to make a hand and there are usually twenty-two cards in a game, including the Ace, King, Queen and Deuce. The most common way of betting when playing poker is to place a wager on the total amount of chips in a pot, known as the ante. The amount of time the ante is in the pot may also affect the outcome of a game.

If there is not enough money in the ante then the player may draw poker and start dealing the regular chips to each player. Some players may fold their cards but if there are still cards left in the pot, the player may draw again and play to finish. The last person to win a poker tournament is the winner, so winning a draw poker tournament is the aim of all participants. The player with the most chips at the end of the game is the winner.