Poker is a game where you use cards and chips to compete against other players. It takes skill and strategy to win, but it’s a fun game that everyone can enjoy!
Before the game begins, each player must place an ante in the pot. This is a small amount of money or chip, and is usually chosen by the table. Once the ante is in, the dealer deals each player two cards to keep secret from other players.
A player may fold if they believe that their hand is weak or if they do not want to participate in the current round of betting. Alternatively, they may “check,” which is a call that matches the bet, or “raise,” which adds more money to the pot.
Rules and Tips
Generally, the hand with the highest card wins; however, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if more than one hand has five of a kind (five Aces beats five kings), the highest card in each hand wins.
When a pair of cards, three of a kind, or four of a kind tie on the rank, the outside cards break ties following the high card rules. A flush breaks ties with the same suit, while a straight breaks ties with any other suit.
Some games also have wild cards. These can be any card of the same suit that has no rank, and can sometimes be used to break ties with other hands of the same type.