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The Basics of Poker

The Basics of Poker


In a game of poker, all players put their chips and money into a pot, called the pot. The winner of the game is the first to take home all the money in the pot. Poker variants have betting intervals, where one player is given the privilege and obligation of placing the first bet. Each player must place chips in the pot, equal to the amount contributed by the previous player. This player is known as an “active player.”

The objective of poker is to have the highest ranking hand of cards. To win, a player must bet until all the other players drop out. If a player is the winner, all the money he has bet during the hand is added to the pot. In the event that two players have the same pair of cards, a tie is broken by a high card outside of the four-card hand. Likewise, a flush is all the cards of the same suit. If no one has these hands, the pot is divided equally among the other players.

In poker, if a player’s hand is high enough to beat another player’s, he receives the odd chip. If two players have the same high hand, the odd chip goes to the player who has the highest hand by suit. In case of a tie, the pot shall be split as evenly as possible. If the player with the highest hand has a pair of kings, the odd chip is given to him.