The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game in which players compete for chips. There are two basic types of poker hands: high and low. High hands win when they contain more than one ace. Low hands win when they contain a pair of aces, but it is possible to tie in a game of poker. The odd chips in the pot go to the player who has the higher hand.

Players begin the game by being dealt five cards. Each player must wager a certain number of chips before they may discard any cards. Upon receiving new cards, they must bet again. After they have completed this process, they must show their cards. This is done to determine who will win the pot. In general, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. If no one has a winning hand, the game is over. However, if a player is losing, they lose their chips in the pot.

There are three types of poker. Limit and fixed-limit games. In fixed-limit games, the limit is higher after the draw. In stud and draw poker, the limit is usually twice the previous amount bet. Players with exposed pairs are also given a higher limit.