The Basics of Poker


A game where cards are dealt to each player and then a round of betting takes place. The best hand wins the pot. Players can discard and draw new cards if they want. They can also raise the amount they are betting by saying “raise.” The last person to act wins the pot if they have a good hand.

The object of poker is to execute actions that maximize your long-run expected value. This involves thinking about position, poker hand ranking, your opponent’s actions, and your own cards. These decisions should be made carefully, and only when you have all of the information at hand.

If you have three of a kind or two pairs and a high card, then you have a full house. A flush contains five consecutive cards of the same rank (or any combination of ranks that skip around). A straight is a sequence of four cards of the same rank, but they must be from the same suit.

To win a hand you need to have the highest possible combination of cards. You can find this out by using a poker hand ranking chart or online poker hand rankings website. This chart will tell you which hands beat which. For example, a full house beats a flush and two pair beats three of a kind. This is known as the rule of high card.