In poker, players bet on their hands based on the cards they have. The minimum hand, called the minimum card pair, is a pair of jacks. Players who have this hand must make the first bet before a round of betting begins. When this hand is met, the player is said to have a backdoor flush. This hand is achieved by the player who has a significant statistical lead. A player may raise the minimum bet or make a bet based on the cards in their hand.

The game of poker involves placing bets on the strength of a poker hand and the total value of the chips. Poker is generally played with poker chips, which are ceramic or plastic. Although real money is used to place bets, poker chips are more convenient to use and manage. The chips are easily exchangeable for cash if a player loses. Poker chips are also easily counted to determine the order in which the winner is declared.

Fixed-limit games are variations on the basic rules of poker. Fixed-limit games restrict the amount of bets players can place. In draw and stud poker, the limit is twice the amount bet before the draw, and in the final betting interval, players have the option to raise. The limit is higher for players with exposed pairs. When betting in fixed-limit games, you may have to raise or fold. The amount of money you bet is limited, so it is vital to know what kind of bet limit you want to place.