The Basics of Poker


Typical poker games are played with six or eight players. These players receive five cards and try to make the best five-card hand they can. If they make a hand that is better than the other players, they win the pot.

The pot is the sum of all the bets made by all the players in a deal. Each player must place an amount of chips in the pot that is equal to the amount they contributed to the pot before them.

The players have the option of betting, folding, or checking. The player who is first to make a bet is called the active player. They must make at least one bet before the other players can make theirs.

The active player’s hand is not revealed until the showdown. This is the point in the game where everyone gets to see the cards that were hidden. It is a chance to see the best hand. The player with the highest card in their hand wins the pot.

When players have ties, a high card breaks them. In poker, a pair of kings is not a bad deal. However, two kings of the same rank do not break a tie. When a pair of kings and an ace of the same rank are tied, the ace breaks the tie. If the ace and king are both tied, the player with the highest unmatched fifth card wins.

The dealer then deals cards one at a time. These cards may be face up or face down. The dealer may also pass out cards in sets.