The Basics of Poker
Depending on the type of poker you are playing, the stakes are agreed upon before the game begins. Most poker games allow you to place a bet, which you call or raise. If you do not call the bet, you are considered to have “folded”.
After the initial deal, betting continues until all but one player folds. The player who won the hand collects the pot. The pot is the aggregate of all the bets placed by all players in one deal.
In a poker game, the winning hand is determined by the highest card in the hand. All poker hands are comprised of five cards, ranked by suit. Some poker games use Wild Cards, which are cards that take any suit.
A straight flush is the best natural hand. The highest straight flush is the Royal Flush. The ace of spades can either be high or low. Flopping a full house requires checking, and is not easy to beat.
A pair of kings is not very good off the deal, but it is not bad. A pair of aces is the lowest pair. A pair of kings is a good poker hand, but you can’t beat a straight flush. A pair of kings is ranked as a higher pair than a pair of aces.
A high card is required to break a tie when multiple players tie for the highest card. A high card outside four of a kind breaks a tie when there are two or more four of a kind with the same rank.