The Basics of Poker

The game of Poker involves betting in rounds. There are various betting intervals. The first player has the privilege and the obligation to place the first bet, and each player in the same round has to place chips in the pot that are equal to the total contribution of the player before him. The player who places the first bet in the pot is said to be an active player. In some games, only one player can make the first bet. If this happens, it is called a force bet.

In a typical game of Poker, each player receives one card face-up and one card face-down. After three rounds of dealing, the player with the highest ranking poker hand is the first bettor. In the first betting interval, the first bettor is obliged to bet a minimum amount to enter the hand. In subsequent betting intervals, he can check. However, this may not be possible if he has a higher ranking poker combination.

A hand of five cards is called a “pair.” In poker, a pair of aces is the lowest possible hand. When all the players have the same hand, the lowest hand is an ace. For instance, if the first player has an ace and two fives, the lowest hand is a seven-five-four-three-two-two-ace. For more than ten players, two separate games are organized.