The Basics of Poker
Generally speaking, poker is played with a 52-card deck. There are a few variations on the standard deck, but they all share the same rules. All hands contain five cards. The highest hand wins the pot.
The deck of cards is dealt to each player face up in a rotation. The dealer “burns” one card from the top of the deck. This is done so that the cards can be seen by all players. The dealer must then offer the shuffled pack to the opponent for cutting.
All cards are then shuffled again. Each player receives one card face up, and the round of betting is begun. This continues until everyone has checked or folded.
When a player checks, he or she matches the bet of the opponent. When a player folds, they discard their hand and the remaining player collects the pot without revealing their hand.
A poker hand is considered to be the highest-ranked poker combination that can be made from the cards in hand. A hand that is made from two distinct pairs plus the fifth card is considered a flush.
A straight flush is made from five cards in the same suit. In some poker games, the ace is treated as the lowest card. The highest possible straight flush is the Royal Flush.
The game of poker was developed during the 17th century in France. It became popular in the United States during the American Revolution. During the American Civil War, several new variations were introduced, including the game of stud poker.