The Basics of Poker

Almost everyone plays poker with a standard 52-card deck. The cards are ranked from A (high) through K, Q, J, and sometimes the ace. In some variants, the cards are ranked from low to high, with A being the highest. However, there are other combinations of hands, and sometimes a wild card (or a joker) is used. In all cases, the best hand wins. To win a game of poker, you need to get all five of the same rank.


In the basic game, the dealer controls the cards and the order in which the players bet. The dealer button, also known as the buck, is a white plastic disk that indicates the nominal dealer. The game of poker begins with the player who has the right to deal the cards. After that, players begin betting clockwise around the table. In most variations, the house dealer deals each hand. The player with the button is called the dealer.

During a game of Poker, players must make decisions according to their cards. When players are holding the same card, the dealer must check all cards and decide who is the best. The dealer has the right to fold, or raise the cards. If the dealer does not win the bet, the game continues. The winner is the player with the highest ranking hand. The winner of a poker game is the person who has the highest hand.