Basically, poker is a game of chance. The objective is to have the best five-card hand and win the pot. This is achieved by betting until the rest of the players have folded. The winning hand is not revealed until the showdown.
Poker is played with a standard 52 card deck. Some games also use a deck of 52 cards plus a joker or two. The joker is often considered a special card in certain hands.
Cards are dealt from left to right, face up. There are two sets of cards: the first set is ranked aces high, while the second set is ranked kings high.
A hand containing two pairs is called a straight flush. A straight flush starts with the highest value card. The high card breaks a tie when more than one person has the same highest card.
A high card may also be used to break a tie when there is no pair. In some games, a joker is considered to be the fifth card.
A high card is also used to break a tie when more than one person has a pair. The high card may also be used to break ties when more than one person has a pair of kings.
A high card may also be used as a decoy. For example, if there is a pair of kings and no other high card, the high card may be used to decoy the other player into folding. The player may then claim to be bluffing, and the other player may be convinced to fold.