The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game where players bet against each other in order to win. It is played in a variety of forms and has been around for ages.

Poker consists of multiple rounds of betting, which usually begin with the first player to make a bet being required to put the number of chips that he can afford into the pot. Each player in turn, if they are willing to do so, can either call this bet by placing the same number of chips into the pot, or raise by adding more chips into the pot.

A round of play ends when the previous player to make a bet or when all players who are still in the pot have checked. When a player checks, he may not make any more bets in that betting interval.

The highest possible hand in a standard poker game is five of a kind, which beats any straight flush. Two or more identical hands are called ties, and their outcome is split equally between the tied players.

Full House – This colorful hand is made up of three cards of one rank and two of another, such as three 8s and two 4s or three aces and two 6s. Flush – This colorful hand contains all cards in one suit, but not all of them are in sequence.

Straight – This colorful hand contains all the same suit, but not all in sequence. For example, Q, 10, 7, and 2 of clubs is a straight.