How to Play the Game of Poker


The game of Poker is played with cards and chips (money to bet with). Each player has two cards. The goal is to make the best five card “hand” using your own 2 cards and the 5 community cards. The highest ranked hand wins the pot. Players can raise bets to encourage others to call, or bluff to try to discourage those with superior hands from calling their bets.

Unlike most card games, Poker involves a considerable amount of skill and strategy. Successful Poker players use a combination of probability, psychology and game theory to predict the chances of their opponents’ having strong hands. The better players are able to do this, the more money they will win in the long run.

To play the game of Poker, each player must have a certain number of chips to bet with. Initially, players place forced bets called blinds into the pot. Then, a single card is dealt face up. This initiates a round of betting, starting with the player to the left of the dealer.

After the initial rounds of betting, a showdown occurs when all players reveal their cards to one another. The player with the highest ranked hand wins the pot, which is all of the bets placed so far. If a player doesn’t have a strong hand, they may choose to fold and forfeit their stake. If a player does not want to risk their chips, they can also ‘check’ and let the next person bet.