The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game that originated from a number of older games. According to legend, the name “Poker” was given to the game by Jonathan H. Green, who witnessed the game being played on a Mississippi riverboat. He described it as being played between two to four people with a deck of cards containing only Aces and faces. The game was later refined and has been played ever since. In the 1840s, many professional poker players began to play this game, and the term was soon attached to the activity.

Once the betting has begun, players will go around the table in a circle and decide whether to raise or fold. If no one raises, then the player is free to fold and call. If, however, another player raises, they will turn their cards face down to the dealer. If the dealer has raised, the player can raise their bet. In a hand that is not worth betting, players should fold. This is one of the easiest ways to beat them.

Most poker games use poker chips, and it is important to supply plenty of them. The lowest-valued chip is the white chip. A red chip is worth five whites. A blue chip is worth ten or twenty or more whites. Each player in a game of Poker “buys in” by buying a chip. The amount a player contributes to the pot will decide the final value of their hand. A poker game can go on for hours, but the winning player usually walks away with the pot.