The Basics of Poker
Basically, poker is a game where players use their cards to make the best hand possible. The best hand is sometimes known as the “nuts” and can consist of any five cards of the same suit. There is no relative rank to suits in poker, but in some games, ace is treated as the lowest card.
Poker can be played with a single player or with a group of 5-7 players. The goal of poker is to make the best hand possible, which is done by betting until all other players have folded.
Poker variants use different card dealing methods. Some games use community cards, which are used by all players. Others use a deck of cards that are shuffled by the dealer. These cards are used in combination with two hidden “hole” cards.
A “backdoor flush” is achieved by hitting the required cards on the turn and river. A straight flush starts with the highest value card. Similarly, an open-ended straight can be completed by any two cards from outside the suit.
The highest possible hand is a trip sevens. The lowest is a pair of aces. Occasionally, two identical poker hands tie and split the pot equally. However, in a poker game, two identical hands may win side pots, which are separate from the main pot.
“Hold ’em” is the most popular form of poker. It is also the name of a magazine. It is a good game to play with a group of 5-7 players.