Basic Rules of Poker

Poker is a game of strategy and skill.

It’s a fun way to pass the time. You can play poker with friends or in a professional setting at casinos and online.

You’ll need to learn some basic poker rules in order to enjoy the game. These include betting, flop, turn, and river cards.

Betting rounds

Depending on the rules of the poker game, one or more players may be required to place an initial amount of money into the pot before the cards are dealt. This is called a forced bet, and it comes in three forms: antes, blinds, and bring-ins.

Forced bets are used to give players something to chase after the flop and to give them a chance to make a big bet before the flop is dealt. If there weren’t forced bets, players would be inclined to fold preflop.


After the first betting round has finished, the dealer deals three cards face up on the board (the flop) that anyone can use. Everyone gets a chance to bet, raise or fold.


After the second betting round, the dealer deals a fourth card on the board that anyone can use. For the third time, everyone gets a chance to bet, raise and fold.


Once the last betting round has completed, the dealer puts a fifth card on the board that anyone can use. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot.