The Basics of Poker

The game of poker has a long and illustrious history. The name was coined by a Frenchman named Jonathan H. Green in the 17th century, who witnessed a group of people playing on a Mississippi riverboat. Green described the game as a trick game involving two to four people, 20 cards and only the Aces. Since that time, the game has evolved to become a popular card game around the world.


The first rule of Poker is to have the highest hand. In most variants, players are allowed to bet in intervals of three to five cards. Each player has the right and obligation to bet first. After this, each player must place in the pot a number of chips equal to the contribution of the player before them. This player is said to be an active player. All the other players are passive players. The game is played in a round in which all the bets from each round are gathered together.

The rules of Poker are different for each variation. The first betting round occurs when a player places an ante. The second betting round is when a player places a bet in the pot. In other variants, all players place a bet and wait for a turn. In every round, the player who bets first is called the “ante”. The player who calls the last bet is said to be an active player.