The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game of skill where players use their cards to create the best hand possible. The rules vary slightly between different games but generally include the following:

Ante (the initial bet you make to get dealt cards)

Once everyone has their ante, the dealer deals two cards to each player. These cards are kept secret from everyone else at the table. Then, betting begins in clockwise order until all the players have had a chance to bet or fold.

Flop and Turn

The dealer then deals a third card to the table, this is called the flop. During the flop, everyone still in the hand has a chance to bet and raise. Once this round is complete, the dealer adds a fourth card to the table.


The river is the last betting round and it also adds a fifth community card to the board. This final card can only be used by the person who holds the best five-card poker hand.


Once all the cards have been revealed, the player who held the best five-card hand wins the game. The winner receives a certain amount of royalty units based on the number of hands they reveal.