Using a standard pack of cards, poker players try to create the best hand possible. The game is played by a group of people around a circular table. Each player receives two cards, and the highest hand wins the pot. The hand must contain five cards.
Players can choose to use one or two of their cards, and can also use four or five cards from the table. The highest card is used to determine the value of the hand. The best hand is a straight, which is five cards of the same suit in sequential order. In some games, Wild Cards can be used. These cards are cards that take any suit. In other games, jokers are used.
The first player to the left of the button is the initial dealer. The dealer shuffles the deck and deals cards to all players. The initial dealer has the last chance to shuffle. If no player cuts, the dealer offers the shuffled pack to the opponent.
After the cards are dealt, the players can reveal their cards. This is known as the draw phase. During the draw phase, players will reveal their cards and decide if they want to bet or fold. A player can choose to bet by placing an ante, which is a small bet that is put in front of a player. Usually, the ante is one dollar or five dollars. A player can also bet by matching the first bet, which is the amount the first player bet.
Each player then has a turn to bet. This turn passes clockwise from player to player. The player who bets first puts down a small chip, usually a white chip. Usually, the white chip is the lowest value chip. The player to the left of the dealer puts down a chip and bets the value of the minimum bet. This is known as the second blind. Normally, the second blind is equal to the double first blind.
When a player chooses to bet, he or she adds more chips to the bet in front of the player. A “call” increases the stake to match the last raise. If the player doesn’t bet, he or she folds. A player folds if the player doesn’t have the best hand. If the player folds, the player is out of the game.
A pot is the collection of all the bets made by all the players in a round of poker. If a player is unable to make a bet, the pot is divided equally among all the players in the game. If there are several players remaining, a showdown occurs. The highest card in the hand is used to determine the winner.
A straight flush is five cards in the same suit in sequential order. A Royal Flush is a straight flush with an Ace high. The Straight Flush starts with the highest card. If a player has a straight flush with an Ace high, he or she may not be able to wrap around the K-A-2-3-4 of the flop.