The Basics of Poker
Poker is a card game in which players bet against each other to try to win a pot of money. The rules of the game vary between variations, but most games involve betting in several rounds and a final showdown to determine who has the best hand.
During each round of play, each player has the opportunity to call, raise, or fold. A call means that the player is matching the last bet made by a player, whereas a raise adds more money to the betting pool. A player can also choose to “check,” which means that he is betting nothing but will not reveal his hand until the betting interval is over.
Some poker variations require a pre-flop ante, which is the amount that each player must bet before any cards are dealt. This ante ensures that players will not have a huge investment in each round, and prevents games from getting out of control.
In Poker, each player is dealt two face-down cards before the flop. The cards are community cards and each player uses them to build his or her 5-card hand. The highest hand wins the pot.
A full house is a combination of three cards of the same rank and two cards of another rank. It is also called a flush, which contains five cards of the same suit.
A flush is a combination of any 5 cards of the same suit, but not all in sequence. A straight is a combination of five cards of consecutive rank but from different suits.