The Basics of Poker


Poker is a family of card games played worldwide. It can be played with any number of players. The goal is to form the best hand possible. Players compete with each other for the pot, which is the aggregate of all of the bets made by all of the players in a single deal.

A player can win by betting if their hand is the best, by bluffing if they are trying to deceive other players, or by folding if they are not confident of their hand. Most players do not put money into the pot unless they are bluffing.

Before the cards are dealt, a player must decide whether or not to bet. The first bet is called the ante, and is usually a small amount.

Another bet may be made by the first bettor, but the other players must match the bet. After the first bet, the turn passes from player to player. When all of the betting intervals have passed, the last bettor is expected to raise.

Next, the dealer deals the cards to the table. Each player has one card face down. If there are two cards of the same suit, the player is said to have a pair.

The cards are then shuffled. An extra card, the Joker, may be added to the deck.

Players are then dealt a total of five cards. They have two cards in their hand and can discard one card.