The Basics of Poker


Generally, poker is played by a group of players around a circular table. Cards are distributed to each player face up. The aim of the game is to make the highest ranking poker hand. Several betting rounds are played in order to build up the pot.

The best hand is usually a straight or flush, but the best hand may also be a five of a kind, if the player has a wild card. In addition, players are allowed to discard up to three cards before revealing their hands, and players may also check, or fold.

A poker hand is only “shown” to the players involved in the final round of betting, if there are at least one caller. In addition, a “backdoor flush” is a hand which starts with the highest card in the set and is achieved by hitting a card on the turn or the river.

During each round, a player is required to make a bet. The pot is the aggregate of all bets made by all players in that round. Depending on the game, a player is required to place a certain number of chips in the pot to be considered an active player.

A “flopping full house” is a very difficult hand to beat. A full house, which includes three cards of the same suit, beats a straight flush. In order to flop a full house, the player must make a bet, and check.