The Basics of Poker


Unlike many other card games, poker is a game of skill. Players make wagers and try to predict which of their opponents’ hands they will most likely beat. A variety of different poker variants are played around the world, with different rules and deck configurations. Generally, all poker games involve a series of rounds of betting.

The first round of betting takes place immediately after the initial dealer is chosen. The dealer shuffles the deck and deals cards to each player, one at a time.

The next round of betting occurs after a flop. This is followed by a showdown. In a showdown, the highest card wins the pot.

The third round of betting occurs after the turn and river. This is followed by a final round of betting. If a player raises, all players must call. If a player folds, he or she is out of the game.

A straight is a hand made from five cards, and is completed from the inside. A gutshot is a straight made from inside. The gutshot is half as likely to hit as an open-ended straight.

A “backdoor flush” is achieved by hitting a card in the turn or river that is needed. A hand made from pocket cards 5 and 6 would require a 7 on the turn or river. The lowest hand possible is seven, five, four, three, and two.

Poker is played around an oval table, with the cards arranged in a circle. The game is usually played with a standard deck of cards, though games can be played with a variety of different decks. The number of cards shared by all players and the number of rounds of betting vary from game to game.