The Basics of Poker


In poker, players can establish a special fund known as a kitty. The kitty is built up by cutting low-denomination chips from pots in which multiple players raise. The kitty belongs to all players equally and is used to purchase food and new decks of cards. Once built, the kitty chips are split among those who remain in the game. Players who leave Poker before the game ends are not entitled to their share.

When two players have the same hand, the odd chip is awarded to the high hand. If there is a tie, the odd chip goes to the player with the highest card in either suit. Otherwise, if both players have the same hand, the pot is split equally. In such a scenario, the high hand wins. The low hand loses the odd chip. To determine the highest hand, players may check the pot during the betting round. If a player raises again, he must “call” the raise in order to continue.

Players should respect the dealers. They do not have the control over the outcome of the hand, so making fun of them will do nothing to help your game. While dealing, dealers make mistakes. If you notice one, politely explain the mistake and ask the dealer to correct it. If the dealer refuses, call the floorman. Otherwise, your opponents will call you and complain. This is the best way to win a hand. When playing poker, be sure to play by the rules, and don’t take your opponents’ mistakes personally.