How to Play Poker



Generally speaking, poker is a game played with a group of players around a circular table. Each player is dealt seven cards, and a pot is won by the highest-ranking hand. If two or more players have identical hands, a high card breaks the tie.

The initial dealer shuffles the deck and passes the cards to the players one at a time. The dealer may also assemble a community card pile. The cards are then shuffled, dealt, and reshuffled again, and the dealer’s last option is to cut the deck and offer the shuffled pack to an opponent for cut.

Poker is typically played with a 52-card deck, but jokers can be added to a standard deck. The game can be played with two packs of contrasting colors. The game can be played with as many as ten players.

A player who wishes to remain in the game checks, but may also “raise” the bet by raising the amount of the previous bettor’s bet. This is known as “sandbagging” and is allowed, but only if practice is not prohibited.

A player may also “drop” by not betting. In this case, the hand is discarded and any chips in the pot are forfeited.

A player can “check” if no one has made a bet. He or she must ensure that there are no other players still in the game. A player can “call” if another player has already made a bet and wishes to continue playing.