The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game played with a standard deck of cards. The rules vary depending on the type of poker you are playing. For instance, if you are playing a limit game, your bets are limited to a certain amount. If you are playing in a tournament, the goal is to be on top of the chip leader board.

The best hand is usually the straight flush. The straight flush is a set of five cards that all belong to the same suit. If two players have a straight, the winner is the player with the better card. The ace is usually treated as the lowest card, but it is possible to have a low aces.

A high card is used to break ties. When multiple people have the same card, a high card will break the tie. A high card with no suit may be a useful card to have in some games.

When a player makes a bet, it is called a raise. The raise adds to the total pot. If another player calls the bet, he must match it. The raising player is referred to as the calling station.

If the raising player does not call the bet, he must fold. The folding player may no longer compete for the pot.

A small blind is a forced bet. The small blind is half of the ante. The big blind is a full ante. The betting interval occurs after each round of dealing.