How to Play Poker


The goal of poker is to have the best hand of cards. This is achieved by betting until all other players drop out of the game. A natural hand is one that contains five cards of the same suit, while a straight is one that is five cards of the same rank. Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards.

Players must show their hands before they can bet, raise, or fold. They may also discard some or all of their cards.

Cards are dealt face up. Some games require a forced bet. These include ante and blind bets. If you want to fold, you will forfeit your forced bet.

Once the cards are revealed, the next player is dealt. In a tie, the player with the highest card wins. If the hand is a straight, the highest card is the starting card.

If the cards are a tie, the highest unmatched fifth card wins. Two players can split the pot with a low hand.

When a tie is broken, the player with the highest card in the same suit is awarded the odd chip. This is a form of backdoor flush. It is achieved by hitting the necessary cards on the turn and river.

In most modern poker games, the ante, or blind bet, is part of the game. If the players are able to call the ante, they will place their chips in the center of the pot.