The Basics of Poker


There are several different types of poker games. In general, all players place some money into a pot, known as the pot, when they ante up, meaning that they are willing to put their money into the game. When the pot is full, the winner of the game takes the entire pot’s value home. In most variants of poker, a pot limit is set, so that the amount that a player can bet is determined by how much money is currently in the pot.

Players may also be required to contribute to the pot before the game begins, known as the ante. Once the cards are dealt, the first player to bet is said to bet, followed by the caller and the raiser. A player who checks is not required to bet but must check to ensure that no other players have already bet. Once the last raiser has bet, the betting interval ends. In many games, all players will have had the chance to check and see if there are any other bets or raises.

The dealer is called the “house dealer,” and deals each hand. The dealer is typically a small plastic disk that indicates the nominal dealer of the game. In many cases, the player with the buck plays first in the hand. As the buck is rotated among the players, the player with the most cards is the dealer. A player who has aces in a hand is called a “rock.”