Poker is a family of card games where players compete for money by wagering on which hand they think is best according to the game’s rules. The rules and number of cards vary between games, but all have a common element: they require one or more betting rounds before the hands are revealed.
Basics of Poker
In any poker game, the player with the lowest hand starts the game and play proceeds clockwise around the table until everyone has a chance to make a bet or fold. The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards, although variations have been introduced in different countries and regions.
High-low split – Variations where the highest and lowest hands divide the pot between them, known as high low split games.
Ties – The breakage of ties in poker is typically achieved by the hands with the highest and lowest cards. In some variations, this is broken by the suits, whereas in other games the rank of the highest card is used as the basis for determining the tie-breaking hand.
Straights and Flushes – The most common types of winning hands in poker. A straight is five cards in sequential order, while a flush is five cards of the same suit.
In most poker games, the player with the highest hand wins the pot, unless all but one player folds during any betting round. If more than one player remains in contention after the final betting round, a showdown takes place where the hands are revealed and the player with the winning hand collects the pot.