The Basics of Poker
In a game of poker, a player’s hand is considered “active” when he makes a decision to fold or remain in the game. In most poker variants, the player to the left of the dealer makes the first bet and is deemed the “button”. All players, who are also called active players, must place chips into the pot equal to the total contribution of the players before him. This action causes the remaining players to fold their hands and the pot value rises.
A complete hand is called a “flop”, and is comprised of five cards. The value of a hand is inversely proportional to its mathematical frequency. A player can either bet on the hand with the best possible five-card combination, or bluff, which is betting that the other players will fold. In both cases, the player can win the bet. If the opponent’s hand is not as strong, he can also lose the bet, but he can raise or fold.
The origins of the word “poke” are murky. Some historians believe it may be the word used by card hustlers to rob people. They might have included the “r” to confuse unsuspecting opponents. While the origins of the game are murky, poker is a game of skill and strategy. A smart person with the right skills can win a poker game. Having good cards can help, too.