The Basics of Poker

The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game that involves chance and some skill. Players bet into a pot, the highest hand wins. During a hand, each player puts in an initial forced bet (the amount varies by game) to get dealt cards. Then betting continues until all players call or fold. The winner of the hand is whoever has the highest ranked set of cards. A royal flush is the best hand – it consists of any 5 matching cards of one rank. A straight is 5 consecutive cards of the same suit. A three of a kind is 3 cards of the same rank, while two pair consists of 2 cards of one rank and another card, and a high card is an unmatched card.

Position is Very Important

During the second round of betting, called the Turn, an additional community card is added to the table and then revealed. This gives players more information about their opponents and also increases the chances of a good poker hand being formed.

The final betting stage, the River, reveals the fifth and last community card. This is when players can decide whether to go for a poker showdown or not. If you are in EP then it is best to play fairly tight and only open with strong poker hands. This is because you have less information about your opponent’s holdings than when you are in MP or BB. This gives you more bluffing equity and allows you to put pressure on your opponents when they have weak hands.