You’ve probably heard of horror movies and their happy endings. In most of them, the hero is surrounded by dozens of zombies, outnumbered, and running out of options. He or she eventually gets paid off or dragged screaming to the floor by the zombies. Poker is like that, too. People make terrible decisions, and end up losing lots of chips in the process. Fortunately, there are ways to survive these poker scenarios.

When a player is unable to win the game, they may choose to fold. When a player chooses to fold, they are throwing away their hand, which is known as “dropping” or “folding.” This decision is final, as the player has no further chance of winning the pot. But before deciding whether to fold, it’s important to note that the poker rules are fairly straightforward. For instance, a player who folds will get the odd chip, and the person with the highest hand wins the pot.

In a game of poker, the number of players is usually six to eight. The amount bet by all players in a given deal is called the pot. The winner of the pot is the one with the highest poker hand, or the player with the highest-ranking hand, and he or she will win the pot if no other player calls. There are two other types of bets, but the most common is called the “all-in” bet, and if a player makes an all-in bet, he or she is considered to be the dealer.