In poker, the game is played with a set of rules. Players make bets with a pair of cards, and each of them has a chance to double their bets after each betting round. At the end of the game, bets are gathered into a central pot. This pot contains winnings from each round. The player with the best hand wins the pot. Then, the player with the lowest hand loses the pot.
The number of players in a poker game varies, but generally, six to eight players are the optimal number. All bets placed by all players in a deal form the pot. A player can win the pot if he or she has the highest-ranking poker hand, or by placing a bet that no other player calls. However, if more than ten players are involved, two separate games can be organized. Poker variations come in many forms and are described later in this chapter.
Different types of poker games have different betting limits. Some games have fixed betting limits, while others have no limits at all. In a fixed-limit game, the amount of chips a player can bet depends on the game. There are many types of poker games and different rules for each. Listed below are the most popular types of poker games. While these types are similar, the differences in rules may vary. For example, in a fixed-limit game, players are not allowed to raise their bets after each betting round.