Poker is a card game with a unique combination of luck and skill. Over time, skill will virtually eliminate the variance of chance in the game, making it a game of pure skill. There are countless different variants of Poker, but most involve two or more players and the use of chips to represent money. Players may place a bet on the outcome of each hand, called a bet or raise. Players may also pass their turn without placing a bet, called checking.

Depending on the rules of the game, one or more players are required to place an initial amount of money into the pot before the cards are dealt. These forced bets are called blinds or antes and come in several forms.

Once all players have received their 2 hole cards, a round of betting starts. Each player is then given the option to raise or check (pass). Checking means you do not want to bet and will remain inactive until it is your turn again. Raising means you want to add more money to the pot and the player’s to your right can either call your new bet or fold.

Throughout the betting rounds, each player is competing for a winning poker hand. A poker hand consists of five cards and its value is in direct proportion to its mathematical frequency, or how rare it is for the player to hold the cards. The best hand wins the pot with all bets made during each round.