The Basics of Poker


Poker is a gambling game where players try to make the best hand out of five cards. The rules vary, but most games require players to ante an initial amount of money (called an ante) before the cards are dealt.

In poker, the highest hand wins the pot. Generally, a winning hand contains two pairs of alternating cards and a fifth card. Some games allow a player to use jokers as wild cards.

The highest poker hand is a Royal Flush. It is made up of Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten.

A flush is when all five cards in a hand are of the same suit. The person with the highest flush wins.

Full house is when a player has three-of-a-kind and a pair.

Four of a kind is when a player has all four cards of the same number.

Straight is a straight sequence of five cards, regardless of suit.

Three of a kind is when you have three cards of the same rank.

One pair is when you have two cards of the same rank and a third card.

High card breaks ties, especially when no two hands have the same high card.

A bluff is when a player makes a bet that does not have positive expected value and is intended to mislead other players. It is a form of play that is often used by amateur players and some professional poker players.