The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game where players raise and fold cards, sometimes in turn. They may also make special funds called “kitty” that all players share equally. These funds can be used to buy new decks of cards or food. Players who remain in the game at the end of the game receive a share of the kitty.

All-in and big blind

When playing all-in and big blind poker, you have to make an opening bet of at least $10 in order to participate in the action. Then, if the big blind does not raise, you can either call, re-raise, or fold. The player who does not raise is known as the “live blind.” In all-in and big blind poker, you need to think about your opponents’ tendencies to raise and fold before making your bet.

Betting intervals

Betting intervals in poker games are periods of time between deals. The first player in a hand places a bet, and subsequent players must raise proportionally to the bet placed by the previous player. This process continues until one player remains. A betting interval can last anywhere from two rounds to ten rounds. The winner of a hand is the player with the most chips remaining in the pot.


The Gutshot Poker Club was a poker club, bar, and internet cafe on Clerkenwell Road, London. It opened in March 2004 and closed in 2007. It was owned and operated by Barry Martin and Derek Kelly.

Five of a kind

A five-of-a-kind in poker is a hand consisting of four cards of the same printed value and one wild card. This combination is the highest hand possible and beats a straight flush and no other hand. A player can have five of a kind more than once. The player with the highest five-of-a-kind wins the game.

Gutshot is the highest possible hand in poker

In poker, a gutshot is the highest hand that a player can have. In this hand, the player is able to make a straight without revealing any other cards. This hand is also called a double gutshot and is possible only in games where there are at least six cards in the deck. The probability of making a double gutshot is the same as the chance of making an open-ended straight draw, and twice as high as an inside straight draw.

Side pot

The Side Pot is a separate pot created during a poker hand when one player goes all in with at least two other players in the hand. When a player goes all in, the initial pot is frozen and all remaining players make an additional bet into the side pot. The all-in player remains in the original, frozen pot. The remaining players lose all of their stakes in the original pot. They then get to continue playing in the side pot.

Limits of poker bets

Poker limits control how much a player can raise and bet. There are four main types of poker limits: no limit, pot limit, fixed limit, and spread limit. Each has its own set of strategies and mistakes to avoid.