Poker is a card game in which players make bets to determine the winner of a hand. The winning hand will determine the value of the pot, which is the total amount of money placed in the pot by all players during a single round of betting. There are three basic types of bets: ante bets, blind bets, and bring-ins. In the most popular variation of the game, players only place their money in the pot if they have a high-ranked poker hand.

During betting intervals, each player receives one card face-up, and a hole card. The game continues this way until all players have revealed their hands and a winning hand is revealed. The winning player is then awarded the pot and wins all bets. There is no second chance to win the hand. However, the player with the highest-ranking poker hand is called the first bettor. He must place a minimum bet in the first betting interval and may check his cards later in the game.

In most games, players must purchase poker chips. If there are more than seven players, chips should be provided. The lowest-value chip is the white one. A red chip is worth five whites, and a blue chip is worth two, four, or five reds. Players “buy in” to the game by purchasing chips of the same value. The amount of chips purchased is usually the same for everyone in the game. However, if the dealer is a novice, he might have a lower value chip.