The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game played by two or more players. It can be played in a variety of ways, and the object is to win the pot, which is the sum of all bets made by the players during one deal. The best way to do this is by having the highest ranking hand, or bluffing and forcing weak hands out of the pot.

There are several different types of poker, but the basic rules are similar in all forms. When your turn to bet comes around, you can either call, raise or check. To call means to place into the pot the amount required to match the last bet or raise. To raise is to increase the size of your bet. To check means to pass your turn and not make a bet.

After the initial deal, each player begins revealing their cards one by one with the goal of beating the card in the middle (the kill card). When they successfully do so, they reveal their hole cards again and betting resumes. Then the remaining cards are compared to determine the winner. A full house is three matching cards of the same rank and a pair is two matching cards of the same rank plus one unmatched card.