The Basics of Poker



Unlike most gambling games, Poker requires a large round table and chairs. The number of players varies from game to game. However, most games limit the number of players to eight or nine.

Each player is given a standard pack of cards, which are ranked aces, kings, queens, jacks, and 10s. The highest card in a poker hand wins. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if two players have a pair of aces, one player wins.

Most poker games involve an ante, or blind bet. The ante is the amount of money that each player must put into the pot before the cards are dealt.

The player to the left of the big blind is the first to act in every round. He or she may raise the bet or check. The other players must match the bet. If there are no other players, the winner takes all the bets.

In some games, the ace is considered the lowest card. In others, the ace is the highest card.

A straight flush is a five-card hand in the same suit. The lowest possible hand is 7-5-4-3-2 in two or more suits. If there are two straight flushes, the high card wins. The highest possible hand is a Royal Flush, which is a straight flush with the ace as the highest card.

In Poker, ties are broken by the highest unmatched card. The first player to make a raise is called the caller. If no other players call, the pot is won.