The Betting Rules in Poker Games
In a game of poker, one of the first things that player has to do is make a forced bet. This is what gets the ball rolling.
Poker isn't just one game. Rather, it is a group of games that share certain characteristics. One of the things that make poker unique is its betting rules. Another thing that most poker games share is hand rankings. There are high hands and low hands, and depending on the poker game, the winning hand can either be the high hand, or the lower hand. In some games, the pot is even split between the high and low hands. In poker, after that initial forced bet, the hands are dealt to each player, and afterwards, actions proceed clockwise -to the left- and all the players put their money into the pot voluntarily.
In theory, a player who puts money into the pot believes that the investment they are making will have a positive expected value; which is to say that they expect to have a chance at winning, and that the amount of money they will win will outweigh the amount that they had voluntarily given up. Each player is expected to either match the bet -which is to say that they will put in an equal amount of money as the previous player- or raise it. When a person raises; they put in more money than the previous player does, and thus, the next player is required to similarly increase their initial wager.
Should a player feel that their investment will not pay off at all, they can opt to fold. When a person folds, they put down their cards -although they are usually not required to show these cards- and no longer have to put money in the pot. They also relinquish any chances whatsoever of winning the pot for that hand round. If all of the players in a game fold, except for one, the last person left playing gets to win the pot.
Since in most poker games, players are not required to reveal their hand until the final round -this last round is called the showdown- it is possible for a person to win a game of poker simply by bluffing. If a person manages to stand their ground and not fold, even though their hand is less than favorable, it is possible for a player to become the last one in contention. When this happens, regardless of what kind of hand a person has, they win the entire pot.