The Basics of Poker


Almost every player in a poker game uses poker chips. For games with seven or more players, the chips should be supplied. The lowest-valued chip is the white one. The next two, four, or five chips are reds. The players “buy in” by purchasing chips, usually for the same amount. Then they place their chips into the pot. If they win, they share the money. This is also known as split pot poker.

The lowest hand is known as the ‘lowest hand.’ It is composed of the lowest cards. The highest hand is considered to be a pair, while the lowest hand is five or more cards. When two players have pairs of the same suit, they split the pot evenly. This means that in the event of a tie, the higher hand wins. However, two players can have the same low hand and share the pot. The lowest hand can also have an ace.

There are many different variations of Poker. In addition to the three main forms of poker, there are also other variants. Three-Card Monte and Spit-in-the-Ocean are two examples of fewer-than-five-card games. In addition to the four basic versions of Poker, variations can be organized to accommodate more players. These variations are described further on in this chapter. If there are more than ten players, two separate games can be set up.