What You Need to Know About Poker


Poker is a popular game played with cards and chips. It’s a fast-paced, bluffing-based card game that is popular both online and in card rooms.

What You Need to Play the Game

All you need to play poker is a table (ideally a round one), some chairs, and some cards. In most games, a 52-card deck is standard. Players may also use a smaller deck if they choose.

How to Play the Game

In most forms of poker, each player is dealt five cards facedown. The dealer then burns one card from the top of the deck and deals the first three community cards (the flop) faceup to the players. The player to the left of the dealer has the small blind; he is the first to act in this and every succeeding betting interval by folding, checking, or raising his bet.

Betting Intervals

There are usually two or more betting intervals in a poker deal, and each round of play is followed by a showdown. During the showdown, each player’s hand is revealed and the best hand takes the pot.


In most poker games, players are required to place a initial amount of money into the pot before the cards are dealt. These are called forced bets and come in three forms: antes, blinds, and bring-ins.