How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game where players make wagers with the chips they have in front of them, called a pot. The player with the highest ranked hand of cards wins the pot. The cards are dealt face down and each player has a chance to exercise their betting options. Players may say “call” to bet the same amount as the last person, or “raise” to add more money to the pot. Players can also choose to fold their cards, which is an act of surrender.

If you’re new to poker, you should start off at the lowest limits. This will let you play against weaker players and learn the game without losing a lot of money. You can then gradually move up the stakes as your skill level increases.

Once all players have 2 cards, there’s a round of betting that starts with the player to the left of the dealer. Players can call, raise or fold. If they raise, the player to their left must either call their raise or raise more.

A third card is then dealt to the table, which is known as the flop. There’s another round of betting, starting with the player to the left of the dealer.

Once the flop has been dealt, the player to the left of the dealer can check for blackjack, or they can choose to call, raise or fold. When a player wants to double their bet, they must say “raise” and then put in more than the previous player’s raise or else drop (fold). When a player drops, they stop betting and cannot win the hand.