The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game of cards that can be played in many different ways. It is a popular casino game that requires skill and strategy to win at.

The Basics

In all forms of poker, players compete for a pot (money or chips) contributed by other players. The pot is divided among the players depending on the hand they hold. In some games, the highest hand is awarded the pot; in others the lowest hand is awarded the pot.

Standard Poker Cards

A pack of 52 standard playing cards is used in most poker games. Each card is ranked from high to low, and each suit is represented by four numbers, which are called “pairs.” The highest five-card hand wins.

Wild Cards

Some games have wild cards, which can take on whatever suit they possess. These are sometimes jokers, but they can also be any card that has a face value of one less than the other card in the hand.

Ties Breaking Rules

In standard poker, a hand is broken by an identical five-card combination. If two or more players have the same hand, the first player with a higher card is awarded the pot.

The Game

The most common variant of poker is Texas Hold ’em, which has been around since the 17th century. It is a “stud” game, in which each player receives a total of seven cards, but only the best five-card hand out of those cards is considered a hand. After a draw phase, players take turns revealing their hands and betting until one has the winning hand.