The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game where you compete with other players to make the best five-card hand. It can be played online or in a live poker room and is one of the most popular casino games worldwide.


In the first round, everyone has the chance to bet/check/raise/fold before the dealer deals cards. There are a few different betting rounds during the hand, which can vary depending on the variant of poker being played.

Ante: This is a small bet that all players must contribute before the hand begins, typically a fixed amount.

Blind: The player to the left of the dealer position must make a small bet called the “small blind,” with the player two positions to their left making the “big blind.”

After the initial deal, the dealer deals the appropriate number of cards to each player, starting with the player on their left. Those cards remain secret until the next betting round begins.

The dealer then puts a fifth card on the table that anyone can use, which is called the “river.” For the final betting round, everyone gets a chance to bet/check/raise/fold.

There are many hands that tend to win more than others, especially ones that are easy to conceal on the flop or turn and river. These include pocket pair and trips, as well as straights and full houses.