The Basics of Poker


Generally, poker involves a group of people around an oval table. The goal of the game is to win by making the best hand possible. Players choose the cards from which to form a hand. If the highest card is the winner, the pot is won. If a player makes a bet, the rest of the players call the bet or fold.

When all players call, a showdown occurs. This is when the players reveal their hands. The player with the best hand wins the pot. The pot can also be won by making a bet that no other player has called.

There are four types of hands in poker. They are pairs, flushes, straights, and five of a kind. There are also some variations on these. For example, some people call fours of a kind as quads. This is not a common term in English.

When two players have pairs of equal rank, they should compare the two pairs by their lowest odd card. If both pairs have the same rank, they should compare by the second highest odd card.

A straight is made up of five cards in sequential order. The top card of each straight is the highest value card. The lowest straight is 5-4-3-2-A. This beats the two-pair.

A flush is made up of five cards of the same suit. The second highest card is the higher flush. If a player makes a five of a kind, he can use one card from his hand.