The Basics of Poker



Poker is a game of chance, skill and strategy played by a group of players around a table. Players are usually dealt five cards and must make bets on the best hand they can create. In some versions of the game, players may also bluff to win.

The first round of betting begins when the player who is the first bettor bets a certain amount. This bet is called a raise. When a raise is made, the other players have the option to match the bet or to fold.

After this first round of dealing, the dealer cuts the cards and deals them to each player one at a time. This round of betting is interrupted by a “bet interval”.

When the betting interval ends, the player who has been in the lead since the beginning of the round is said to be the active player. Each player must then place a certain number of chips in the pot.

The highest poker hand wins the pot. If there are ties, the high card breaks them. Ties are broken when two or more people have the same high card. These ties are usually broken when there is a four of a kind with the same rank.

The high card is also used to break ties when there are multiple people with a high card of the same type. For instance, when a pair of kings and a pair of aces are tied, the high card will break the tie.