The Basics of Poker
Basically, poker is a gambling game where players bet into a pot of money in order to win the hand. The goal of the game is to make the best hand possible by betting until all other players drop out.
Each player is dealt five cards. The player to the left of the button is required to post the small blind. The button moves clockwise from right to left after each hand.
The best hand is the straight flush. A straight flush is a hand of five cards, in the same suit. This is achieved by hitting the required cards on the turn and river.
Three of a kind is a pair of cards of the same rank, plus one more card of the same rank. The highest three of a kind wins, but it’s not possible if more than one player has the same high card.
The best natural hand is the straight flush. A straight flush starts with the highest value card, followed by the second, third and fourth highest cards.
A “backdoor flush” is a flush that occurs by hitting the necessary cards on the turn and river. A straight is the best poker hand if you are holding different suits.
There are several poker games, but the most common is Texas Hold’em. In this game, a deck of 52 cards is used. The cards are shuffled before being dealt.
The first player to the left of the button is the “dealer”. The dealer is the one who deals the cards and cuts the deck.