The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game played with 52 cards. In some variations, a joker or two are added to the deck. Poker is traditionally a one-pack game, but some games use two contrasting packs to make play quicker and easier. The game begins with a dealer dealing one pack of cards and then shuffling the other one. The dealer passes the shuffled deck to the next dealer.

A full house is composed of three cards of the same rank and two cards of a higher rank. Examples include three aces and two 4s. Two pairs of jacks or aces are also considered a full house. Other common hands include three aces, three jacks, and three sevens.

In some variations of Poker, the winning player can decide to share his or her money. Split pot poker is one such variation. The winning player can decide to split the money instead of betting all of their money. The split pot is one of the easiest poker games to learn. The winning player is the player with the highest hand.

The betting phase in poker usually lasts a single round. The round of betting begins with a player betting and raising equal amounts. The dealer then deals two cards to each player. The players then reveal their cards clockwise around the table. The winning player is the player whose hand has the highest value.