A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is a card game where the players make bets on the outcome of their hands. The player with the best hand wins all the chips in the pot.

The first thing to know about the game is that each player must put in a minimum amount of money (called an ante) before the cards are dealt. This is typically the minimum bet in a game, but can vary depending on the rules of the particular game.

When betting, you can either say “call” or raise. Calling is the most common action, and adds money to the pot. You can also fold, which removes your bet from the pot and gives your opponent the chance to call a higher amount of money if they want to remain in the game.

If you want to fold, simply turn your cards face down and say “fold.” This will give your opponents the chance to call your bet or raise a higher amount of money if they wish to stay in the game.

The most popular types of poker are Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and Seven-card Stud. Each of these has different rules and strategies, but the basic idea is the same.

Rank Your Cards:

The lowest possible hand is 6-4-3-2-A in two or more suits, although in some games the ace may be treated as the lowest card and thereby make a pair of aces the lowest pair. If a player has two pairs of aces or higher, he is said to have aces high.