How to Play Poker


Traditionally, Poker is played with two to four people. However, it can be played with more than eight players. During the game, each player is dealt a set of cards. They are then used to create the best possible hand.

The player with the best hand wins the pot. If there are ties, the high card breaks the tie. In some games, the ace is treated as the lowest card. If there are two identical hands, the player with the highest unmatched card will win the pot.

In most games, each player is dealt three cards. They may be face down or face up. The player can discard one or more of the cards. The first round of betting begins with the ante. Depending on the game, the ante may be a small amount of money, such as $1 or $5.

The dealer deals the cards in turn. The dealer button is a white plastic disk. The dealer also cuts the cards. The cards are then shuffled.

A hand with four Aces is called a royal flush. A straight flush is five cards in sequential order of the same suit. A pair of kings is not bad off the deal.

A player with a flush can break a tie if the ace is high or low. When there is a tie between two identical hands, the next card determines the winner.

The highest ranking hand is the five of a kind. If there are more than one five of a kind, the higher card wins the pot.