The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game of chance played by combining cards to form a hand. In most cases, the player who has the highest poker combination wins the pot. When there are ties, the high card breaks them.

A standard hand is made up of five cards. The highest possible hands are five of a kind, a flush, straight, three of a kind, and two pairs. The lowest is 7-5-4-3-2 in two or more suits.

Poker can be played with any number of players. The ideal number of players is six to eight. There are hundreds of variations of the game.

Before the game begins, the dealer assigns values to the chips. The amount of chips each player must place in the pot depends on the stakes of the game. There are two types of chips: green and red.

When the first round of betting is over, the next round is dealt. The player who placed the chips in the pot is known as the active player. The active player may choose to check, raise, or fold. A player who does not owe anything to the pot is said to check. A player who owes something to the pot is called a caller.

The first three community cards are dealt faceup. The dealer has the last right to shuffle the cards. The dealer must “burn” one card from the top of the deck.

The flop is 6-4-2. This indicates that two players have a flush. The highest card in a flush wins.