Poker Basics Poker is the name given to a number of card games where players
wager on the strength of the cards they hold. Poker involves a communal "pot" consisting of the players' wagers
- RAISE - If there has been a wager on the current
betting round, a player may raise. The act of raising requires the player to match the current bet, and make a
greater one. All subsequent players are required to call the raise or raise again ("re-raise") to maintain
interest in the pot.
On each betting round, betting continues until the person immediately
counterclockwise from the last bettor or raiser acts. When this person acts, the next round begins and the previous
hand is complete.
When the last bet or raise is called for the final betting round, the "showdown"
occurs. This is when it is determined who wins the pot, as players show their hands one-by-one. It may be the case
that there is no showdown. This occurs when a player bets or raises, and no active players choose to call the
player’s bet (in other words, all players fold). In this case, the player doing the betting or raising wins the
full amount of the pot.