The Basics of Poker
Essentially, a poker hand is a hand composed of five cards. The aim of the game is to create the best hand possible. The player with the best hand wins the pot. The hand is created by picking the five cards from the pack and combining them into a hand.
A hand with five cards in the same suit is called a flush. In poker, a flush is a five-card hand of the same suit. The rank of the cards in the flush is determined by the highest card, the highest odd card, and the third highest card.
A flush is only possible in certain special hands. In these cases, the joker counts as the fifth card. The hand that starts with the highest value card is called a Straight Flush.
The first betting round occurs after the draw. A player is dealt a card face up. He may bet, raise, or fold. If a player raises, he must match the previous bet. If he folds, he has eliminated himself from the game.
The second betting round occurs after the flop. A player’s best two cards are revealed. He may bet, raise, or check. When the last betting round ends, the player who has the best hand wins the pot.
The ante is a small bet that is usually placed before the deal. It is usually $1 or $5. In some cases, the table will decide the amount of the ante.