Poker is a community card game played with a 52-card deck. It is a skill game that requires players to minimize losses with poor hands and maximize winnings with good ones.

The rules and game play of poker vary depending on if the player is playing in a cash game or tournament. However, there are some basic principles that remain the same in both cases.


Each player is issued a certain number of chips according to their stake in a particular Poker deal. For instance, a player who has a $1/$2 cash game may be given 20 chips to start off the game and another 200 to take part in a tournament.

Stacks and buy-in

The amount of chips a player has at their disposal in any Poker game is calculated by dividing the size of the big blind by the value of the small blind. This is known as a “buy-in.”


By unanimous or majority agreement, the players establish a special fund called a “kitty.” The kitty is built up by cutting one low-denomination chip from each pot in which there is more than one raise. Any chips that remain in the kitty when the game ends are divided equally among the players who are still in the game.


Bluffing is a tactic that involves playing a hand without showing your cards. It is not illegal, but it is a common practice that violates poker etiquette.