Poker is a card game where players wager money on the outcome of their hand. It’s a popular pastime among amateurs and professionals alike.

What You Need to Play:

To start playing poker, you need a table (preferably a large, round one) and some chairs. You also need some chips, which are a substitute for cash and represent a different amount for each player.

The Rules:

In most variants of poker, a player must place a contribution to the pot, called an ante, before the cards are dealt. The ante may be a set sum of money or it may be an amount determined by the specific poker version, ranging from small to large.


In poker games with betting, a player may call a bet by matching the amount of the previous bet or raise the amount by increasing it. If a player raises the bet, any other players must either call or fold.


A bluff is when a player makes a bet with the idea that they have a better hand than they actually do. Other players must call the bet or fold if they believe that the bluff is genuine.


Every poker player has a “tell,” which is an unconscious habit that reveals information about their hand to other players. The tell can be as simple as eye contact or as complex as a gesture.