The Basics of Poker
Using a deck of cards, players make the best possible hand by using the cards and their chips to make the best possible wager. Poker is played with a standard pack of 52 cards. Some variants of the game add a few jokers to the mix. Poker is also played with smaller packs. In some games, players use two packs of contrasting colors to speed the game along.
The first round of betting begins with a player who is the first to buy in. Each player is dealt seven cards. The player with the best hand is awarded the pot. The best possible hand is usually the straight flush, or a five card hand in the same suit. The straight flush is also the best natural hand.
The player with the best hand is also the best player to call. The player who folds is not allowed to compete in the pot.
A high card can break ties. For example, a high card will break a tie if no one has a pair of kings. The best possible straight is the 8-9. In the best possible scenario, a player with a straight flush will beat a player with a straight flush ace.
The showdown occurs when a player makes the best possible hand and collects the pot. This can occur with a player who is all in or with a player who is all out. If the hand is not all in, then all of the players still in the game are entitled to collect the pot. The best possible hand will not reach the showdown until the last round of betting.
The best possible hand is the Royal Flush, or a hand containing an ace high straight flush. This is not always possible, however. For example, a player with a straight flush aces can’t wrap around a K-A-2-3-4. Also, a straight flush ace can be high or low. A player may also have a straight flush ace that wraps around a K-A-3-4.
Aside from the best possible hand, another impressive feat is the card that contains the most number of chips. If a player has a royal flush, he may be able to raise a 14 chip bet. A player who raises may also count as part of the pot required for a player to call.
A side pot is created for the players who are not in the main pot. These players may be in competition for the pot or are just making a small bet. These bets are collected at the center of the table. A player can only call if he has the same amount of chips as the player before him. The bets and raises are also measured in chips, and the pot is awarded to the player with the best possible hand.
A few other tricks are in the book. A player may also bluff his way to the pot. This is usually done by making a forced bet, such as a bluff or a blind bet. A player may also check, or “fold,” when he doesn’t owe anything to the pot.