Poker is a card game in which players try to make the best hand possible out of a standard deck of playing cards. The winning hand is awarded the pot. There are many variations on the game, and it is a popular pastime for people of all ages.

The Rules

In most variants, each player is dealt a hand of five cards and may bet or fold at any time during the deal. After the initial betting round, more rounds of cards are dealt in various ways. Then, more rounds of betting take place in a central pot. Then, the last player to have bet is called a winner and the hand is revealed to all the other players.

Hand Rankings and How to Win

A poker hand is ranked by the number of cards it contains, with the highest card being the best. If two players have the same hand, it is deemed a tie.

One Pair, Two Pairs, Three of a Kind, Four of a Kind, and Straight are the most common hands. A flush is when a player has five cards in the same suit, regardless of order.


In some games, a duplicate card on the board devalues a hand. For example, if the board is ace-ace-7-4 and the river card is a 7, it becomes a pair of sixes.