How to Play Poker


Poker is a popular card game that originated in Europe in the 17th century. It has since spread to other parts of the world. Most poker games are played with at least six players, though a number as high as eight or nine is also common.

Before the game starts, the dealer will assign values to each player’s chips. Then each player will be dealt five or seven cards. These cards are usually face up. Players can discard up to three cards and receive new cards from the top of the deck.

Cards are dealt in a clockwise direction around the table. The first bettor makes a bet. Other players must match the bet. If a tie breaks, the second highest card is used. In some games, the ace may be treated as the lowest card.

The first player to bet is called the “first bettor.” He is also the player with the best combination of poker cards. Once all the betting has been completed, the hand is revealed. A showdown occurs when the highest cards are revealed.

After the third betting interval, players have the option to call or raise. The player who matches the previous bet is said to call. However, if the next player does not, the previous bettor is said to fold.

The highest hand wins the pot. A straight is a five-card hand with the highest card being the King or a higher card. Sometimes, a showdown is held for a straight.