The Betting Process in Poker
The betting process in Poker is divided into betting intervals. A player starts by placing an ante, or an amount of money, on the table. After the ante is paid, a player has three options: check, open for minimum, or raise. Then, he can draw new cards and discard old ones. The action after the draw begins with the player who opened the pot, or the next player if the opener folds. The betting limit after a draw is usually double that of the previous betting interval.
If there are two distinct pairs in the pot, the highest card of each pair wins the game. If two players have equal high and low hands, the pot is split as evenly as possible. If two players tie for high and low hands, the odd chip goes to the player with the highest card of the same suit. In these cases, the player with the highest hand wins the game. Occasionally, fours of a kind are known as quads.
The betting intervals in poker vary from game to game, but the basic rules are the same in every game. Each player must place an ante to begin the game, which is typically a small amount, such as $1 or $5. The dealer then deals two cards to each player. The player then decides to call, raise, or fold, or to place an initial bet on a hand. The game continues until all players have folded or called.