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The Basics of Poker


In poker, the aim is to make the best possible hand from five cards. Each player is dealt two cards and the other four are on the table. The player with the best hand wins the game. In a tie, the high card of the player’s choice breaks the tie. If there are no pairs, the high card of the player’s choice breaks the tie. In a game of poker, the high card wins when there are better than two pairs or a straight.

The game of poker evolved from several earlier games. It was first noted in 1829 by Joseph Cowell, where four players bluffed to see who had the highest-value hand. Later, the game spread widely, and its name was attached to it by Hoyle and R.F. Foster. Shortly thereafter, a 52-card deck was introduced. However, the game is still considered a game of chance. This article aims to teach basic poker rules, and give you a basic understanding of poker psychology.

The highest possible hand in poker is known as a “high-card hand.” The highest-valued hand wins the game. The higher-ranking four-card hand wins the game. Similarly, the high card outside the four-card set breaks ties. When two four-of-a-kind are tied, a “flush” is created, which is a set of four cards in the same suit. However, flushes can tie if no two players have the same-suited cards.