How to Play Online Poker

Generally, a poker hand is made up of five cards. The best hand wins the pot. However, there are many variations of poker. Each variant has its own set of rules. Depending on the game, players may have to bluff or call a bet. There are also special hands, such as a straight flush, which can be made up of five cards of the same suit.

In cash games, antes are used to boost the pot before the flop. This is done to give players an incentive to fight for the money that is not in the pot. In tournaments, the antes are replaced by “button” antes.

After each betting interval, dealing resumes. The first player to bet is referred to as the first bettor. The betting interval ends when all players have checked. A player who bets more than the first bettor is called a raiser. A player who declines to raise is called a fold.

After the first player bets, other players may bluff by betting their hand or if they do not have any cards, they may check. If none of the players call the bet, then the player who was the first bettor is called a caller.

The player in the big blind checks with a top pair. If a player in the big blind is dealt a wild card, he or she can make a straight flush or five of a kind. If no other player bets, the pot is won.