The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game of chance, strategy, and luck. It is generally played with chips, and each player has a certain number of them. These are called your “bankroll,” and you must always have enough to play a hand. A player may also purchase additional chips at the table to increase their bankroll. These additional chips are called “buy-ins.”

Once the players have bought in they shuffle the cards and deal them one at a time, beginning with the player to their left. The dealer then collects the bets and puts them into a central pot. Then begins the first of what will be several betting rounds. During the betting round each player can either call, raise, or fold.

After the first round is complete the dealer will put three cards face up on the table that everyone can use, this is called the flop. Now you have seven cards total to create your best five poker hand: your two personal cards in your hand and the four community cards on the table.

A good poker hand is made up of any five consecutive cards of the same suit. You can have three of a kind, straight, or flush. To make a full house you must have 3 matching cards of the same rank and 2 matching cards of another rank. A flush is 5 consecutive cards of the same suit and a straight is five cards that skip around in rank but are all from the same suit.