The Basics of Poker


Whether you are playing for fun, a little cash or as a serious poker player, you need to be aware of the rules, know what a good hand is and play the game to the best of your ability. Some of the best things to do are to learn from other players and practice.

A good rule of thumb is to always cover your cards while they are not in use. It is also a good idea to put larger denomination chips in front of the table so the dealer can see them.

The ante, or “buy in bet,” is the minimum bet you can make during a round of Poker. It will vary from game to game. The minimum ante is typically $1 or $5.

The high card breaks ties when two people have the same type of hand. The other players can then choose to call or fold.

The kitty is a special fund that is distributed to all players in the game. The kitty is used to pay for new decks of cards and to pay for food for the other players.

The flop is the first set of three cards placed face up after the first round of betting. A flush is five cards of the same suit in any order. The highest hand is a three of a kind.

There are two types of cards that are considered to be the most important. A wild card is a card that can take any suit.