The Basics of Poker


Poker is a betting card game with a rich history. It’s a popular game that is still enjoyed by many people, both in casinos and online. It’s also one of the most popular forms of gambling, with over 60 million players in the USA alone.


The game begins with each player putting in a pre-dealt amount called an ante or blind. Once this is done, players are dealt cards face down, and then a round of betting takes place. After the betting is finished, each player must show their cards and the player with the highest hand wins.


Poker has a standard deck of 52 cards, ranked from high to low: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Games often add jokers or wild cards.

A full house (three of a kind) is made up of three cards of the same rank, and two cards of another rank. The best natural straight is 5 cards in sequence, such as 5-6-7-8-9.

Each poker hand contains five cards, the highest of which wins. The most common hands are flush, straight, and full house. All of these are combinations of five cards, but each of them has different values.