After the shuffle and cut, the dealer burns the top card of the pack by placing it face down on the table to begin what will become a pile of discarded cards as the game progresses. He then deals the cards one at a time to each player, including himself, beginning with the player to his left. The number of cards dealt, and whether they are face up or face down, depends upon the form of poker being played.
In all forms of poker betting takes place during what are known as betting intervals. In each betting interval, one of the players has the right, or the obligation, to bet first. Each player thereafter in turn is required to do one of the four things (a fifth option, to check, which applies in certain circumstances, is mentioned later.)
A player opens the betting by placing number of chips into the poker pot, announcing the number of chips he is betting. He might say, ‘I bet two.’
A following player puts enough chips into the pot to make his contribution to it equal to the highest better so far, but no higher. He retains his interest in the pot. He announces he is calling, and the number of chips he is putting in. he might say, ‘I call for two.’
Another player puts enough chips into the pot to make his contribution equal to the highest better plus one or more chips. He announces the amount he is putting in, first to call and then to raise. He might say, ‘I call two and raise another two.’
A player who feels he cannot win returns his poker cards face down to the dealer and announces that he is folding. This means that the player discards his hand. He relinquishes any interest in the pot for that deal and does not recover any chips he might already have contributed to the pot. Under no circumstances must other players see the cards he held as this would make the card game unfair.
When placing chips into the pot, players do not mix their chips with those of the other players, since the value of each player ’s contribution to the pot must be seen. Players push their chips towards the center of the table while keeping them separate from the rest.
* Jargon -buster
Betting interval a period in the game when the players have been dealt some or all of their cards and in which they bet, call, raise, fold or check. The number of betting intervals varies with the form of poker being played.
Betting round during a betting interval, a betting round ends when all player have had an opportunity to bet once. The first player to bet then has the option to bet again, and a second betting round begins. Successive rounds take place until all bets are equal, when the betting interval ends.
Bet to place stakes into the pot.
Call to place stakes into the pot to equalize the total stake with of the previous better.
Raise to place into the pot enough stakes to equal the previous better, and to add more.
Fold to give up one’s hand and drop out of the deal.
Ante a compulsory stake placed into the pot before the deal.
Blind bet a compulsory bet made before the deal. It differs from an ante in being an active bet, i.e. it counts towards a batter ’s total stake.
Straddle a second and final blind bet made in some poker games. It is larger than the first blind bet.
Big blind another name for the straddle.
Small blind the first blind bet, which precedes the big blind.
FIRST BETTING ROUND After a first round of betting, a table might look like this; player 1 bets one chip, player 2 calls, player 3 raises., player 4 calls and player 5 re-raises.
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