# The Basic Rules of Poker

There are many different variations of the game of poker. The simplest is Three-Card Monte, while more complex games include Spit-in-the-Ocean and Razz. These variations will be discussed later in this chapter. For a game of more than ten players, two separate games are often organized. Listed below are the basic rules of the game of Poker. Let’s look at each one. This is the foundation upon which the rest of the game is built.

The value of poker hands is inversely proportional to the mathematical frequency. A player may bet on his or her best hand and the other players must match the bet to win. However, the player can also “bluff” by betting that he has the best hand and not actually have the highest one. In either case, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. A hand is considered the best when it contains five cards. In the game of Texas Hold’em, two of the four community cards are used in the game.

Depending on the rules of a poker game, a player may place several bets in succession. During each round, a poker hand will develop. However, at the end of a round, the current bet represents the total amount that has been bet so far. The players do not place their bets directly into the pot, but instead, they place them toward the pot. Eventually, the bets will be collected into the pot.