The Basics of Poker


Poker is one of the most popular card games worldwide. It has been around for centuries and is set to continue growing in popularity.

There are several variations of the game, but it all starts with a standard pack of 52 cards (some variant games use more than one pack and add wild cards). The standard card rank is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

A hand qualifies as a pair when it contains two distinct cards of the same rank and a 5th card of any other rank. If there are multiple pairs, the highest pair wins.

When a pair, three of a kind, or four of a kind is tied, the outside cards are used to break ties. This can be done by checking (asking to bet) and calling (making a bet) when you don’t have a high pair, or raising when you do have a higher pair.

The next round of betting is called the flop, where the dealer deals three face-up cards to the table. Everyone still in the hand gets a chance to bet, raise or fold.

The final round of betting is called the turn, where the dealer deals a fourth card to the table. Once this is complete, the showdown takes place and the player with the best five-card hand wins the pot.