Poker is a card game where players compete against each other to win chips. The game requires a round table and chairs, usually eight or nine in number. To win, a player must be able to read the cards and determine the odds, as well as maintain a cool demeanor while bluffing.
As in any game, there are two hands in poker: the pair and the full house. A pair consists of two cards of the same rank, while a full house has three cards of the same rank. A flush, on the other hand, consists of five cards of the same suit, and can sometimes skip around in rank. A straight is five cards of the same rank, possibly from more than one suit. A three-of-a-kind is three cards of the same rank. A two-pair consists of two cards of one rank.
To begin the game, players must declare “I open” or “I fold” before they can begin betting. After all players have checked and acted accordingly, the dealer then deals out seven cards to each player. The player with the highest hand wins the pot. The dealer then shuffles the remaining cards and adds them to the bottom of the draw stack.
A game of poker is usually played with 52 cards, and two jokers are added for variety. A single-player version of the game uses only one pack; two-player versions use two contrasting packs to speed up the game. When two or more players have the same hand, the dealer passes the button position to the next player to his left. If there are no cards in the center, the dealer passes the shuffled deck to the next dealer.