Poker is a family of card games in which players bet over which hand is best according to the specific game’s rules. The main objective of a poker game is to win the pot, which is the sum of all bets placed in a hand.
Poker can be played with any number of players, from 2 to 14. In many forms of poker the betting rounds are capped at a specific amount, and subsequent players must match (call) or raise the last player’s bet to remain in the hand.
Each round of betting begins with a player called “check”, who does not place a bet, or “open” which is the first person to make a bet. After the first bet, each player can choose to “fold”, which is to drop out of the hand and lose any bets they have already made; or “call”, which is to match the highest bet so far made.
The player to the left of the dealer (as viewed from the table) posts the blind, which is usually a quarter or a half of a normal bet amount. Then the dealers deal out five cards face up to the players.
A poker hand is a group of five cards in the same rank or suit; the highest hand wins. The rank of the hand is determined by odds, and cards outside the hand break ties according to the High Card rules.
The highest natural hand is a straight flush, which is 5 cards in order, with all of them being the same suit. Other hands include straights, a three of a kind, a two pair, and a one pair.