The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game of skill and chance. In its various forms, it can be played by two to 14 players and involves betting in rounds. The object of the game is to win a pot, which is the sum of all bets made during one betting interval (round). Players may call the bets of other players, raise them, or fold their hand. The player who makes the highest-ranking hand wins the pot.

A round of Poker is initiated when a player, starting from the dealer’s left, places chips into the pot. The player may either bet, check, or fold. A player who checks passes the turn to the next player. When a player bets, the players to his or her left may call the bet or raise it. If a player raises, the player who called must match or exceed the raise in order to stay in the pot.

The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot. If the poker hands of two players are equal, the higher of the cards breaks the tie.

A tournament is a competition of a large number of competitors, all participating in the same sport or game, and concentrated into a short time period. This type of competition is common in many racket sports and combat games, most team sports, some card games, and board games. The term is also used for competitive debating, most of which takes place in colleges and universities.