The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game that can be played with a single or multiple players. Each player receives cards and must bet according to their hand. The cards are dealt in turns by the dealer, who can also be called “the player.”

The first betting round begins with one or more players making a forced bet, known as an ante. The bets are compared and the next player must match the highest bet or fold.

If all players call the bet or raise, a second betting round is commenced. The action then proceeds clockwise, as each player must either match the previous highest bet or fold.

Players can also bet more than the initial amount if they believe that their hand is worth more, or bluff if they feel that other players will fold if they bet less. Once all betting rounds have concluded, a showdown takes place and the player with the best hand wins the pot.