The Basics of Poker



Poker is a popular game that originated in the US. In 1829, Joseph Cowell reported a game of poker played by four players in which the prize was the best hand. Hoyle, R.F. Foster later documented the game in the US, a year after it had been invented. In the US, players were dealt five cards from a deck of twenty cards. The game spread rapidly, and shortly afterwards, a 52-card deck was used.

The chips used in poker games are usually used by each player. In games with seven or more players, chips must be provided. The lowest-value chip is the white chip. Other colors of chips are used for higher-valued chips. A blue chip is worth two, four, or five reds. Players “buy in” to the game by purchasing chips, usually the same amount as the blinds. Unless there are less than seven players in a game, all players must buy in.

The objective of the game is to capture the pot, which is made up of bets from the various players during the hand. Players wager to either have the best hand or persuade their opponents to fold. However, winning is not all about betting; saving money is just as important. Therefore, knowing when to release a hand is as important as knowing when to bet. The top combination of five cards is the best poker hand. To learn more about poker, read How to Win Friends and Influence People.