The Basics of Poker


There are several different hands in poker. The best hand at any given time is “nuts”, which is a pair of sevens. Then, you need to hit the next two cards, the turn and river. A backdoor flush is a hand that is not good enough to win, but is still a viable hand. It is achieved by hitting all the cards you need on the turn and river, and has a statistical lead of at least one.

You can play poker with anywhere from two to nine players, but six to eight players are ideal. A single deal of the cards is called a “pot,” and the highest poker hand wins the pot. If you have the highest poker hand, or you bet and no other player calls, you win the pot. There are also several other ways to win the pot, such as a high card or a low pair. A high card can break a tie if nobody has a pair.

During each betting round, players may be required to make a contribution to the pot before the game starts. This is known as an ante. The first player to bet is called a “bet”, and the next player to bet is known as a “call”. Then, the player who raises their bet is called a “raiser”. A player can also check and not bet, which is known as a “stay in.” Before checking, a player must make sure that no other player has bettied or raised before he can check his hand. If there are no other players, the betting interval is called “showdown”.