Poker is a card game in which players make forced bets. These bets, called blinds or ante, are placed before each hand. The dealer then shuffles the deck and deals the cards face-up or face-down to each player. The players must match the previous bet or fold, whichever is lower. The hand with the highest value wins the pot, or all the bets placed on that hand.

There are many ways to play poker, but the most common are to buy chips. When a game has more than seven players, a poker dealer will provide chips. In poker, the lowest-value chip is the white chip, while the highest-value chip is the red one. Each player in a game must buy a chip to “buy in” (bet). Usually, this involves purchasing chips of equal value. Players also place a dealer chip in the pot, which determines who plays first and who is the current dealer.

In some poker games, players are required to put an ante into the pot before they can make their first bet. In others, they must make a minimum hand in order to place a bet before being allowed to draw. The minimum hand is a pair of jacks. In a poker game, the minimum hand is sometimes a pair of jacks. To make the first bet, a player must have a minimum hand of two.