The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game of chance where players bet into a pot. The highest hand wins the pot. Usually, players are dealt five cards, which they use to form a hand. The lowest possible hand is a 7-5-4-3-2 in two or more suits.

Before the deal, a player must place a bet, called an ante. The ante amount varies by game.

After the deal, players are dealt their hole cards. These cards are face up. The back hand is the hand closest to the player.

The back hand is a card of the same suit as the player’s front hand. The dealer has the last right to shuffle the deck. The player is then faced with the option to call or fold. If the player calls, he will receive the same number of chips as if he had made the original bet.

Once the cards are dealt, the players will be given a turn to bet. The turn to bet is passed from one player to the next, starting with the player with the jack. If there are two or more players calling the ante, a pot is formed.

If there are no ties, the pot is won by the hand with the highest ranking. The best possible hand is a straight flush, which includes 5 cards of the same suit. If there are two or more ties, a high card breaks the tie.

The high card is also used to break ties when there are multiple players with the same high card. If there are two or more four of a kind with the same rank, a high card outside of the four of a kind breaks the tie.