The Basics of Poker
The game of Poker has many variations. For example, there are variants that are played with fewer than five cards, such as Three-Card Monte. For more than ten players, two separate games may be organized. Then, each player calls his or her turn. Afterward, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. All of these variants of Poker are described later in this chapter. When there are more than 10 players, two separate games may be organized.
When playing poker, players will almost always use chips. When a game has seven or more players, poker chips must be supplied. Each chip has a different value, with the lowest value being the white chip. The red chip is worth five whites, while the blue chip is worth ten, twenty, or even thirty. The players “buy in” to a game by purchasing a certain number of chips. The amount a player buys in depends on the number of players in the game.
Before the game begins, players must put their money into the pot, called the ante. The first player to bet is said to bet. The next player to bet is said to bet, while the player who matches the previous bettor’s bet is known as a “caller.” The third player is referred to as a “raiser”. Finally, the player who checks does not place a bet, but only checks if no one else has.