The Basics of Poker

In poker, players buy in by purchasing chips. They usually buy in with the same amount of money. In games with more than seven players, poker chips should be provided. Poker chips come in different colors, with a white chip being the lowest value. A red chip is worth five whites, a blue chip worth two, four, or five reds, and so on. Players “buy in” to the game by buying chips. In most cases, each player must buy in with the same amount as the pot.

The dealer deals out cards to players. Depending on the game version, the dealer may pass out all cards at once, in sets, or in a community card pile. Players then must decide whether to bet or fold and may choose to check, equal to or increase their bets during the course of the hand. If no bets are placed, the dealer will then shuffle the cards and deal each player two cards. This process continues until all players have folded or if no one has a high hand.

In poker, the blinds are the initial bets made by each player before the cards are dealt. The blinds are typically in the form of chips and are called “small” and “big,” and they rotate from player to player with each new hand. After each deal, a player may call, check, or raise by using one of these verbs. When a player checks, it means they do not wish to raise, and a raise means that they wish to increase the table bet.