The Basics of Poker



Basically, poker is a game of chance played with a standard pack of 52 cards. Players bet into a central pot and the player with the best hand wins the pot. A poker game can have any number of players, however, the ideal number is 6-8.

A hand is considered a good one if it includes two pairs of cards. The best hand is a straight flush if you have five cards of the same suit. A straight flush is usually a low or high card, depending on the suit. The straight flush ace can also be high or low.

The best hand is considered the “Royal Flush.” The Royal Flush is made up of an Ace high straight flush, a king, a queen, a jack, and a ten. This hand is considered to be the ottum ottum of the poker world.

The best poker hand is usually a straight flush. If you have a flush that contains a high card, you can “backdoor flush” by hitting the required cards on the turn and river.

The ante is the “buy in” to play the game. It is a small bet, usually between $1 and $5, that is placed by the player before the blinds are called.

The blinds are the requisite forced bets. Before cards are dealt, the player to the left of the big blind has to post a small blind. Each player to the left has to “call” or fold. If the player to the left decides to “fold,” they are said to “drop.” This is when a player loses any chips in the pot.