The Basics of Poker



The object of poker is to win the pot, or the sum of all bets made by all players in a game. The winner of the pot is determined by having the best poker hand, or making the largest bet without being called. Poker is played with a standard 52-card pack, with or without jokers. The object of the game is to get the highest hand, and the winner is the player who has the highest hand.

The highest hand is known as the straight. A straight is 5 cards of the same rank. A straight can be high or low, but not wrap around. When two straights are matched, the highest straight wins. For example, AKQJT beats KQJT9 down to 5432A. Two straights of equal value will split the pot. In three-card ties, the highest three-card hand wins. High three-card hands are considered “three-of-a-kinds,” and the highest one wins.

The aim of the game is to make the highest possible hand. In other words, you have to make the best possible hand by using one card from your hand and four cards from the table. The higher your hand, the more money you win. You can also make a straight flush, which starts with the highest-ranking card. Poker is played with 5-7 players. The stakes of the game are agreed upon at the beginning of the game. The stakes vary according to the game.