Typically, a poker game involves a group of people playing around an oval-shaped table. The object of the game is to create the best hand possible. The hand can be made up of any combination of five cards. The best hand consists of two different suits, while a “straight flush” is made up of three consecutive cards of the same suit.
Before the start of the game, all players contribute to the pot. The pot is the aggregate of the bets made by all players during one deal. The pot can be won by making the highest bet. However, this is only possible if a player has already called the previous bet.
In a game with a fixed limit, the maximum bet is limited by the amount of chips the players can purchase. For example, in a game with a ten-chip limit, a player can bet no more than ten dollars. Alternatively, in a game with a higher limit, the player can bet up to fifteen dollars.
Before the first bet is made, all players must put a small bet into the pot, which is usually called an ante. The ante is typically a dollar or $5. The ante gives the pot a value right away.
After the first bet, each player has two cards in their hands. A player who has one card in their hand is said to be a “passer,” and a player who has no cards is said to be a “dropper.” These players are not permitted to compete for the pot. The player who drops may lose any of his chips in the pot.
If a player has two cards in his hand, he can choose to bet, check, or fold. A player can also bluff. In a bluff, he attempts to convince the other players that his hand is better than it is. In a bluff, the opponent will have to make a decision about whether to call the bet or fold. A player who bluffs is called a “bluffing player.” The term bluff is used interchangeably with raise.
After the first bet, each of the players to the left must call or raise. If the player to the left is a caller, he is called an active player. The caller must then place in the pot the number of chips equal to the total contribution of the player to the left of him. This amount is often two or five chips. If the caller is a raiser, he must place in the pot the number of chips equal the number of chips that he bet. If he is a raiser, he may be required to contribute more than the amount of chips he previously bet.
In some games, a player who is not a caller is all-in. An all-in bet places all of the player’s chips in the pot. This player is only eligible to win the pot if he contributed to the pot in a substantial way. Likewise, if a player is all-in and another player calls, a split is formed. The winner of the pot is the player with the best hand.