How to Play Poker


Almost everyone plays with poker chips, and a set of these should be available for players of seven or more. The lowest-value chip is called the white chip. The value of a red chip is five whites, and a blue chip is worth two, four, or five reds. During a poker hand, players “buy in” by buying a chip of equal value. If you’ve never played poker, here are some tips on how to win the game.

The first round of betting in the game is called “ante.” After the antes, players can see the cards that have been dealt to them. After the first round of betting, players must match the previous bet or fold. They can also raise after the first round of betting. The next betting round occurs after the discard. If no one shows their cards, the game continues to the next player. The last round of betting occurs when all players have folded.

Two pairs are the most common poker hands. The highest pair, aces, and kings, plus one high card, win the pot. A pair can be any five cards of a different rank. Two pairs and a pair can also be ties. A pair with a pair wins if the other players have a high pair, while a pair with a low card wins if they have no pairs. A flush or a straight does not break ties, but it does win when the high card has the lowest value.