The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game in which players try to make poker hands using any combination of cards. The game is usually played by two to eight players.

Several variations of the game exist, with different rules and play. In the simplest form, each player is dealt a hand of five cards face-down, and they must place an ante in the pot before they can see their cards.

In the next round of betting, each player is given a chance to discard any or all of their cards and replace them with new ones from the top of the deck. Then, a new round of betting takes place and a showdown follows where the hands are revealed.

Some of the most common poker hands include full houses, flushes, straights, and three of a kind. The full house is made up of 3 cards of the same rank and 2 of another rank, while a flush consists of 5 cards of the same suit and skips around in rank. The three of a kind is made up of 3 cards of the same ranking and 2 of another rank, and a pair is made up of two cards of one rank and 2 of another rank.