How to Play Poker


Typically, a game of Poker is played by a group of people sitting around an oval or circular table. A deck of cards is shuffled and dealt to the players face up. The goal of the game is to have the highest hand out of five cards. Players can also bluff by betting they have the best hand.

Before the game starts, each player is assigned a value for his or her chips. The players then place a certain amount of chips into the pot. The pot is divided between the players if there is a draw. The highest hand wins the pot.

Players then raise the bet. They can also pass or fold. If a player raises the bet, all other players must call. If a player calls, then the bet matches the opponent’s bet. If a player folds, then the player must discard his or her hand. If a player folds, then he or she is no longer competing for the pot.

The dealer shuffles the deck after each hand. Players reveal their cards in turn. The highest card gives the value of the hand. In case of a tie, the highest unmatched card wins. If there is no tie, then the highest unmatched card and the second highest card determine the winner.

After each round of dealing, a betting interval takes place. The player with the best card in the hand begins the betting phase. All other players may either pass or fold.