The Basics of Poker


Almost all poker games involve one or more betting rounds. When betting is in progress, the players decide which hand is best, according to the rules of the game. The winning hand takes the pot and any chips in it.

Poker is played worldwide. The games vary in the number of cards in play, the number of players involved, and the number of rounds of betting. It is usually played with a standard deck of 52 cards. The cards may be shuffled or face up.

The dealer deals cards to each player one at a time. The player to the immediate right of the button shuffles the cards. The player to the left of the button makes a bet.

All betting rounds are followed by a draw phase, in which each player shows his cards to the rest of the table. At the end of the draw phase, the best hand wins the pot. If more than one player has the same hand, the high card breaks the tie.

A hand is considered to be a straight when it contains five cards in a sequence. The best straight is 8-9. Other types of straights are two pairs of a certain suit, five of a kind, and a flush. When a player makes a straight, he has the best hand at the moment.

A hand may also contain a wild card, which can take any suit. A wild card can make five of a kind.