The Basics of Online Poker


Almost every country where card games are played has a variant of Poker. The main differences between each form are in how the cards are dealt and how the betting intervals are determined.

In a typical Poker game, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. The goal is to build the largest pot possible. This can happen by using strategy, bluffing or by making a blind bet.

The game starts with the player to the left of the dealer button posting a small or big blind. The button, often called a buck, is a white plastic disk. It indicates the nominal dealer. The button moves clockwise to the next player after each hand.

The cards are then dealt to the players one at a time. These are either face up or face down. The blue chip is the lowest valued chip, which is usually worth two, four or five reds or 10 or 25 whites.

After the cards are dealt, players can choose to either raise or fold. If a player folds, he loses all of his chips in the pot. If a player raises, he can bet as much as 14 chips.

After the cards have been discarded, another round of betting occurs. The ante, the “buy in” bet, is typically $1 or $5. The kitty is used to pay for new decks of cards.

The game is played by a group of people around a table. Each player has two cards in his hand. The goal is to make the best hand possible.