##### The Basics of Poker

Poker is played using chips. Almost every game uses poker chips, but if there are more than seven players in a game, it’s important to supply your own. In general, there are three colors of chips: white, red, and blue. The white chip is the lowest-value chip, while a red chip is worth two, four, or five of its own kind. When you join a poker game, you buy in by buying chips, usually the same amount.

## Origins

The game of poker has several possible origins. The French are often credited with bringing the game to the New World. French-Canadians who settled New Orleans brought Poque with them. The French-Canadians spread the game up the Mississippi river. In 1834, Jonathan H. Green published a book in which he refers to poker as “The Cheating Game.” The US army is also suspected of spreading the game to Asia.

## Rules

Robert Ciaffone, known as Bob Ciaffone in the poker world, is a leading authority on cardroom rules. He selected rules and organized the text. He also improved wording and organization. Ciaffone has served as a consultant and rules drafter for many cardrooms. He also authored a poker rulebook for the Poker Players Association, which was founded in 1984 but has since become defunct. If you have ever wondered how to play poker, you may find the answers in the Rules of Poker.

## Variations

Traditionally, poker is divided into three main categories: draw games, stud games, and shared card games. Some variants fall into more than one category or fall into neither of these categories at all. Others fall into a more useful category and are not listed here. Here, we’ll list poker variants according to category. Split poker games divide the pot among several winners. Other variations are not listed here, but can be fun to try.

## Probabilities

Poker probability is a mathematical concept that describes the chances of improving a hand by a certain percentage. Poker hands are classified by their relative frequency, and the probability of getting a certain hand increases when the cards are dealt out. In a poker game, a flush is better than a straight, but the rules of drawing cards in poker can vary. However, the basic concept of probability applies in most poker variants. There are four categories of poker hands, and each one has a different value when it comes to probability.

## Luck element

Poker has a certain amount of luck, especially if you’re new to the game. It can make you feel lucky or very bad, and you should be prepared for both. The luck element can make you win a session even if you’re terrible at poker. Even the best poker players have lost due to luck at times. The key is to learn to work through the losing streaks and not get discouraged by bad days.