Poker is a card game of chance and skill. The game is played from a pack of 52 cards (with some variant games using more than one pack or adding additional cards called jokers). There are four suits and the highest hand wins.

How to Play

To start a poker game, players are dealt a hand of three cards face down and one face up. The player with the lowest hand starts first, then play proceeds clockwise until everyone has had a chance to bet or fold.

The first betting interval is usually capped at a pre-established amount; the second betting interval may be re-capped; and each subsequent betting interval ends when a player either calls or raises a previous bet. A player may also check, which means that he does not make any further bets but remains in the pot, provided no other player has made a bet in that betting interval.

How to Play

In most poker variants, players are required to contribute a fixed amount of money, called an ante, before they are dealt their first card. This ante must be equal to or greater than the amount of chips that are in the pot at the time of the deal.

How to Bet

After each card is dealt, each player must place a bet into the pot, and then must show their cards to reveal their best hand. The player with the highest hand is said to win the hand and collects the winning pot.