The Basics of Poker


Poker is a gambling game played with a standard deck of 52 cards. It can be played with as few as six players or with up to 10 or more. The player who has the highest hand wins the pot.

Each poker hand is comprised of five cards. Cards are ranked from Ace to Ace. In some variants, players may also be given wild cards. These cards can be any suit.

Players make bets into a pot in the middle of the table. These bets are made in clockwise order. Depending on the rules, players can either check, call or raise. If a player checks, they have an obligation to put in the same amount of chips as the previous player. A player can also bluff, which is when they make a bet without revealing their hand.

If a player has a pair, their hand is considered a straight. Straights are five cards of one suit in sequence. When two straights of the same value split the pot, the higher straight is the winner.

Two or more identical poker hands may tie when they have a pair or when each has a high card. Ties are broken by the high card.

Some poker games allow the dealer to shuffle the cards for the next player. This is a method to speed up the game. But this is usually done after the first two or three betting rounds have been completed.