How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game in which players bet against each other based on the cards they have been dealt. It has a long history and is very popular worldwide.

Poker can be played with a variety of different strategies. However, there are some common rules for all games.

The first step in playing poker is to put in an ante. This is a small bet that everyone has to make. Once this ante has been placed, the dealer deals two cards to each player.

During the course of the game, players can call their bet by putting in the same number of chips; raise their bet by adding more money to the pot; or fold (or “drop”) by not putting any chips into the pot at all.

In addition, if any player has the highest combination in his faceup cards at any time during any betting interval, he is the first bettor.

Some poker games allow more than one betting interval per round, and others have a fixed limit for the amount of money that may be raised at any time during a single betting interval.

When playing Texas Hold’em, the most popular form of poker, players begin the game with a small bet called an ante. This ante is decided by the table before the first hand is dealt.