The Basics of Poker

Like any other game, Poker has its apocryphal origins. It is believed that the earliest form of the game originated in the seventeenth century, when the French played a game called poque. This game eventually evolved into pochen, which is a German version of primero. Later, French settlers introduced the card game to the rest of the world, where it is now known as stud poker. But even though its origins are not clear, the essence of the games is the same.


The game is played with poker chips. Usually, a player will start with a few chips, known as chips. If there are more than seven players in a game, there should be plenty of chips available for each player. There are several types of poker chip, with the white being the lowest value. A red chip is worth five whites; a blue chip is worth ten, twenty, or fifty; and a blue chip is worth two, four, or five reds. Players “buy in” by buying chips with the same value.

The game is played with a standard 52-card deck. The cards are ranked by suit and value. Aces are higher than kings, while jacks are lower than aces. The top hands in a hand are known as a straight flush. The game is played by two players at a time. Each player has an equal share of chips in the pot. The highest-ranking hand in a game of poker is called the “big blind”. The other players in the game are known as “low blind”.