The Basics of Poker
Almost all poker games involve a blind bet. A blind bet is a bet which is placed before the cards are dealt. Some games also include a wild card. The wild card is a card which can take any suit. In some poker games, the wild card is a joker.
The goal of poker is to have the highest hand. A hand is made up of five cards, including one or two wild cards. The highest-ranking hand wins the pot. When there are multiple hands with the same hand, the highest-ranking hand breaks a tie.
A straight flush is a hand made up of five cards of the same suit. The straight flush begins with the highest value card. A straight flush is considered to be the best natural hand. In some games, the ace may be treated as the lowest card.
A poker hand is made up of five cards, including an ace. The highest-ranking hand wins the poker pot. A pair of kings is not very good off the deal.
If no one calls, the pot is won by the highest-ranking poker hand. If more than one five-of-a-kind hand wins, the pot is split among the players.
A player may bet into the pot voluntarily or may make a forced bet. Forced bets are made either by putting money into the pot or by putting chips into the pot. Chips are easier to stack than cash and are easier to count.