In a poker game, players are required to buy chips called “blinds” before receiving their cards. These are typically small chips, and are referred to as “small” or “big” by the players. Blinds are generally rotated from player to player with every hand, and each hand is worth a different amount. Each player “buys in” to the game by placing a chip on the table. This usually equals the amount of money the player initially put in.
Before a hand is dealt, the players may be required to contribute to the pot before the game begins. This is known as an “ante”. When a player raises their bets, they are considered to be building the kitty. The kitty is divided among all players equally, and is used to purchase new decks of cards and food for the Poker players. If a player checks out of a hand before the game is over, they do not receive a share of the kitty chips.
The game of poker was named after the card game poque, which was played by pickpockets. The cards are ranked A-J and K-high in poker, and C-J in reverse order. In addition to the traditional 52-card deck, some variations of poker use a 53-card pack and a joker as the wild card. The players must lay down the foundation for the hand, and then build the structure and the frame of the game.