How to Play Poker


A game of poker involves chance, but it also requires a certain amount of skill and psychology. A good poker player will be able to read other players and understand the odds of getting a certain hand.

Each player begins the game by buying in with chips. Each chip has a different value. A white chip is worth the minimum ante, and red and blue chips have other values. A player can say “call” if they have a hand that they believe has good value and are willing to put the same amount of money into the pot as the player before them. They can also raise their bet if they have a better hand.

When a player has two distinct pairs of cards they can say “pairs.” If more than one person has pair then the higher pair wins. If there is no pair the highest card breaks the tie. A flush is three of a kind. A straight is five consecutive cards of the same suit. The high card breaks ties in these hands as well.

After everyone has their two cards the dealer deals a third card on the table that anyone can use. Then the betting starts again. If someone thinks their hand is too low in value they can say hit and get another card. If they believe their hand is good they can call and see if any other players will raise their bets or fold their hands.