The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game that is played with chips that represent money. Each player “buys in” for a fixed number of chips at the start of the game. A white chip is worth the minimum ante or bet; a red chip is worth twice as many; and a blue chip is worth 10 or 20 times as much. Each player then places these into a pot to form his bet for the hand.

After everyone has checked for blackjack, betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer. If the player thinks that his original 2 cards are low in value, he can say hit and the dealer will give him another card. If the new card is better, he can stay or double up.

Most books written by professional players will tell you to only play the best hands, such as a pair of aces or high-suited cards (ace-king of the same suit or queen-jack of the same suit). This is fine for winning professionally, but it can be a boring and monotonous way to play for fun.

Poker is a psychologically intense game that requires you to be in the right state of mind. You will be able to perform your best when you are happy, relaxed and excited about playing. Therefore, if you feel any negative emotions while playing poker, stop immediately and wait until you are in the right frame of mind to play again.