The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game where players compete for chips. Each round of the game starts with forced bets (called blind or ante bets). The dealer then shuffles or cuts the cards and deals them to the players, one by one. The cards may be dealt face up or face down, depending on the variant of the game. Players develop poker hands between rounds.

Basic rules

The basic rules of poker are the foundation of any game of poker. Although the variations vary, these fundamentals are generally the same. The objective is to make the best possible hand by using your card knowledge to make a winning bet. When the cards are dealt face-up, players must decide on which hand has the best chance of winning. There are betting structures that apply to most poker variants.