The Betting Rules in Poker Games
Poker is unique in that it is quite possibly the only group of gambling card games where it is possible for a person to bluff their way to winning the pot. There are a lot of different poker variants, from seven card stud, to Texas Hold'em.
One thing that brings all these disparate card games together though; is the fact that they all share the same betting rules. A game of poker, regardless of the variant, almost always starts with a forced bet. After dealing, there is normally another round of betting. In poker, actions proceed clockwise, and each player is required to match the bet that had been made by the player before them. These players will also have to option of making it more challenging to other players, and raising the amount of money they put into the pot. The unique thing about poker betting is that all of it is done voluntarily; no one is required to put up money as a forfeit for something. Players contribute to the pot because they believe that they have a chance of winning the pot. But should a player feel that that this chance no longer exists, they have the option of folding. When a player folds in a poker game, they put down their cards without necessarily revealing them, and they relinquish any chances of winning the pot. They no longer have to put money into the pot, but neither will they win it, either.
In most poker games, players' hands are not shown until the final round of the game. If there is more than one player left in contention, the remaining players must show their hands so that the winning hand can be determined, and the player or players with that hand can get the pot. In any round, if all the players should happen to fold and only one player is left in contention. The remaining player no longer needs to show their hand. They win the pot by virtue of being the only player who has not folded. Because such a scenario can happen, it is possible for a player to bluff their way into winning a hand of poker; provided they know how to read their opponents and can keep their own hands properly hidden. In such situations, the remaining player's hand is no longer relevant; if the player had an extraordinarily good hand, or one that did not pass muster, the fact of the matter would remain: they were the only player left in the game.