In a game of poker, players place forced bets, called “ante” or “blind bets”, before the game begins. Once all players have placed their bets, the dealer cuts and shuffles the cards and deals them to each player one at a time. Each player receives a certain number of cards and a certain number of rounds, during which their hands are evaluated. During this time, they develop and improve their poker hands, which are known as “hands”.
In most games, players buy poker chips. At least seven players are required to use poker chips. The lowest-valued chip is white. There are five reds, and 10 or twenty-five whites. Other chips are blue, green, or purple. Each player “buys in” to the game by purchasing the same number of chips as the one they’re playing with. Some games have a wild card called a “poker chip”, which can represent any card.
In order to participate in a game of poker, players must contribute an ante before the hand is dealt. This ante will give the pot value immediately. Other players will “buy in,” in which case all their chips will be placed into the pot. The ante must be matched by all players. When a player bets all of his or her chips, it’s known as an all-in bet. The “all-in” bet places all of his or her chips into the pot.