The Basics of Poker


Originally, poker was a French game called poque. It was later introduced to the U.S. by French settlers.

The game is played by a group of players around an oval or circular table. Cards are passed around the table in a clockwise fashion. The goal is to have the highest ranked hand of cards. In some variant games, players can add Wild Cards. These are cards that take any suit.

The earliest version of poker was probably a 17th century French game. The name was borrowed from the Spanish primero. It was a popular gentleman’s game during the American Revolution.

The first player has an obligation to make the first bet. This bet may be as small as twenty cents. It can be a forced bet, such as a blind. It can also be an ante, which is a bet on the upcoming hand. The ante is typically based on the game’s stakes.

The game is usually played with five cards. The player with the highest-ranking hand wins the pot. The pot is the sum of all bets made by all players in a single deal. It can also be won by making a bet that no other player calls.

A straight flush is a hand of five cards that is of equal rank. A straight can be made with three cards of the same suit or two cards of the same suit and a single card of another.