A Beginner’s Guide to Poker



A game of chance, poker is played by putting a small amount of money into a pot. The winner of the pot takes home all of the money.

Poker rules

The game begins with the dealer placing a pack of cards faceup on the table. Each player is dealt one card, and the betting interval begins with the first player to the left of the dealer making a bet.

Each betting interval is interrupted by a showdown in which each hand is shown to all players. During the betting round, the players take turns betting and revealing their hands, clockwise from the dealer.

After the first betting interval, each player is required to make a contribution to the pot, called an ante. The ante is usually $1 or some other minimum amount, and may be raised if the previous bettor did not match the bet.

During each betting interval, a player can call the previous bettor’s bet, raise the previous bettor’s bet, or fold. The action continues in this manner until all players have either called or folded.

Playing position is extremely important. When it’s your turn to act, you have more information than your opponents and can make much better decisions.

Don’t complain about bad beats — It can ruin the mood at the table. Everyone has them from time to time, and you don’t want to become the guy who is always ranting about how bad his cards are.