# The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game in which players try to make the best hand out of a combination of their own cards and the cards in the pot. There are many variants of the game, but the basic rules remain the same.

First, a player places a bet called the ante. This amount is typically equal to the minimum bet of the game. Then, the dealer deals three cards face down to each player and to the dealer. The player must then decide whether to “play” (place a wager equal to the ante) or “fold” (remove their ante and fold their hand).

Then, a new round of betting begins. The player on the left of the dealer makes a bet, and each player to their left must either call the bet or raise it. Then, the next player to their left must call or raise it, and so on until all the chips are in the pot.

Once all the chips are in the pot, the last player to bet must reveal their hand, and then whoever has the highest hand wins the pot. If there are two or more players with hands that are close to winning, a showdown takes place where the hands are revealed and the winner is determined.

Poker is often played with chips, which are usually red, white, or black in color, and are assigned values by the dealer before the game begins. These chips are then exchanged for cash by the players in the game.

There are a variety of games in which you can play poker, but the most common ones include:

Draw Poker: A variant in which the dealer deals all the cards to the players, except for their hole cards, which are not revealed to the other players. The player’s goal is to make the best five-card hand from their own cards and the faceup cards in the hand of each other player at the table.

Stud Poker: A variant in which the dealer deals the cards to the players, revealing them one at a time. The player’s goal is to make a high five-card hand from their own cards and four of the faceup cards in the hand of each player at the table.

Deuces Wild: A popular form of Draw Poker in which every two is a wild card. This card counts as an ace or as a card of any suit for making a flush or straight.

In this version of the game, a player can also use a joker as part of their hand, but its wildness is limited. It may count as an ace or as a card in any suit for making a flush or straight, but its wildness does not diminish the value of the rest of the hand.

The other types of Poker are:

#### Limits and Pot Limits

In all forms of poker, the bets or raises can only be made if the total amount of money in the pot is sufficient for the bettor to make the bet. This is usually done by setting a limit to the number of chips that can be called or raised at once.