The Basics of Poker

Poker is a gambling game where players bet into a pot. The object of the game is to get the most chips out of your opponents. The player with the best hand wins the pot.

A poker hand is made up of five cards. During a round of betting, the highest card among the five is used to determine the winner. The high card can break ties if several people have the same card.

A straight flush is a five-card hand in which the first two cards are the same suit and the last three are not. If a player has more than one straight flush, the highest of the cards is considered the winner.

A four of a kind is a set of four cards of the same rank. The ace can be paired with the king, making a flush.

A pair is a hand of two cards of the same rank. A straight is a hand of five cards starting with the highest card. If a pair of kings is the highest, the other two cards can be paired with other cards.

A five of a kind is a hand of five cards that contains a wild card. A wild card is a card that does not belong to any suit.

When betting, it is important to remember that all but one player can fold. If all the players do not fold, play continues until a player calls.