How to Play Poker


Poker is a gambling game where players try to win by collecting cards and putting them in a pot. Each player must ante a certain amount, which varies from game to game, before betting into the pot. The winner of the pot is the player with the best hand. Betting is done in clockwise order, until all players have either called the bet or folded.

The number of players in a poker game can vary, but six to eight is ideal. Each round of Poker has a dealer. The dealer is responsible for shuffling the deck and dealing the cards to players. The dealer may be a player or a non-player. During the game, each player takes turns as the dealer. Typically, the dealer is designated with a dealer chip, which is passed from player to player. The location of the dealer can affect certain betting rules, so it is important to consider this when playing poker.

A hand with four of a kind wins the hand. If there is a tie, the higher-ranking four of a kind wins. If two four-of-a-kinds have the same rank, the second-highest hand wins. In addition, a high card outside the four-of-a-kind pair breaks ties.