How to Play Poker
To begin playing Poker, you must make an ante. The amount of an ante is different for every poker variant. The dealer then shuffles and cuts the cards, then deals them to players one by one. The hand with the highest card in the pot wins. The betting in Poker continues in clockwise fashion until everyone has called or folded. In some variations, there are more than one betting round. In any case, the winner of the hand is the one with the highest card.
Once each round has been completed, the bets are gathered into a central pot. This pot contains the winnings from all rounds. This final round is known as the “showdown.”
Although there are several variations of Poker, all of them have one thing in common: the use of bluffing and misdirection to win. While the origins of Poker are apocryphal, the earliest version of the game was most likely the game poque, from which we got the word poker. From there, the game grew into a number of variants, including German pochen and a variation on primo. French settlers brought poker to North America and its variations.
Straights are a good example of a winning hand in Poker. They consist of 5 cards in order from low to high, and can be high or low. If a pair is tied with an ace, the highest straight wins the pot. A straight from AKQJT beats anything from KQJT9 to 5432A. If two players have two straights of the same value, the highest straight wins the pot. If there are two three of a kind hands, the highest of these wins the pot.