The Basics of Poker


Whether you are playing at home or in a casino, poker has a few rules. You can win the pot by having the best poker hand, or you can win it by betting until all other players fold. There are dozens of different ways to play, but the basic rules remain the same.

The pot is the aggregate of all the bets made by the players in one deal. This pot is divided equally in case of a draw.

There are many variations on poker, including games where the pot is not split in half and each player puts in their share. There are also fixed limit games where the amount you can put in is predetermined. You can play a game with as few as five or as many as seven players. The ante is a small bet made before the first hand is dealt.

A “backdoor flush” is achieved by hitting a needed card on the turn and the river. This is not possible in standard poker.

A “high card” is the card that is higher than any other card on the board. This card is called a “kicker”.

A “straight flush” is five cards in sequential order. It starts with the highest card in the hand. The best hand is the one with the highest-ranking card.

The hand that can be seen if you fold is the “jacks or better” hand. This hand beats the other hand that can be seen in the blinds and antes.