The Basics of Poker


The game of poker has ancient origins. It is thought that the origins of poker can be traced to a game of domino cards played by a Chinese emperor in the 10th century. Other sources claim that poker is descended from the Persian card game As Nas, which dates back to the 16th century. Another game, known as Poque, is the European cousin of poker. It was based on the 16th century Spanish primero, which had three cards dealt to each player and involved bluffing.

In the initial stages, players make forced bets called ante or blind bets. The dealer then shuffles and cuts the deck. Players then turn over their cards in turns. The dealer then deals the cards to each player one by one, either face-up or face-down, depending on the variant. Players may also develop their poker hands between rounds, based on their cards’ value and suit. Ultimately, a player with the highest hand wins the pot.

Players purchase chips to play Poker. Usually, they start with a white chip, which is the lowest value of the game. In games with seven or more players, poker chips are supplied. The white chip is the lowest-valued chip, while the red one is worth ten or twenty or more whites. There are two, four, and five red chips, as well. All players “buy in” by purchasing chips in an equal amount.