The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game where players try to form the best hand possible. The highest winning hand wins the pot, which is the sum of all bets made in a particular deal.

A hand can be made from any combination of 2 or more cards of the same rank or from more than one suit. The rank of a hand is determined by its odds (probability).

Some hands have higher odds than others. For example, a pair of kings is less likely to win than a pair of jacks, because the former is a much better hand.

When betting, say “raise,” which means adding more money to the pot. This can be done to force weaker hands out of the pot or to make stronger hands fold.

After a betting round, players take turns revealing their hands. This process depends on the variant of poker being played.

The winner of the showdown wins the pot and the other players collect any remaining money in the main pot. The winning player may also win side pots created by additional money bet by the other players.