The Basics of Poker


Although poker may not have the most ancient roots, it is still an interesting game, and its bluffing and misdirection spirit has been around for centuries. Although the game’s origins are obscure, the game most likely evolved from a 17th century French game called poque, from which the English word poker is derived. This game evolved into German pochen, a new version of primero, and eventually reached North America.

Poker rules vary from casino to casino, but the basic fundamentals are the same. Every player receives two cards and has the option of making an ante or blind bet before the game begins. After the ante is placed, the dealer will deal cards to players. Each player is dealt two cards and must decide to bet, check, or raise. The player who has the highest card, the winner of the hand, wins the pot. However, the winner is not revealed.

The minimum amount for a round of poker play is called the minimum bet. Players must “call” the minimum bet in order to continue. However, there are also cash games, which are played with cash instead of poker chips. Once players have raised their bets, they must check the pot to see if someone has raised it before them. If they are, they must call the new raise if the pot exceeds the minimum bet.