A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is a game where you bet money on your cards and try to get the best hand possible. It involves a lot of luck, but it also requires a lot of skill to make optimal betting decisions and be the most effective player.


The game begins with one or more players making a forced bet, typically an ante or blind (sometimes both). After a player makes their ante, the dealer deals two cards to each of the players, starting with the player to their left.

Players then reveal their hand and act in turn by folding, calling or raising. A player who folds loses the amount bet so far and all further involvement in the hand.

Betting rounds:

The betting round occurs in each of the rounds of the hand, with each player acting first in that round by either folding, calling or raising. After a betting round is over, all bets are gathered into the central pot.

A hand:

A poker hand comprises five cards, which are valued according to their mathematical frequency. The highest possible hand is a five-of-a-kind, which beats any other combination of cards.

Other possible hands are a flush, straight, full house, four of a kind and three-of-a-kind. A high card breaks ties; if multiple hands have the same high card, the highest of these wins.