Probably the most popular poker variant is the Texas Hold’Em game. It is played with a standard pack of 52 cards. The game uses a “dealer” to deal cards for each hand. The dealer has the last shuffle.
A “showdown” occurs when the best hand is revealed. There are three rounds of betting: ante, turn, and river. The ante is usually the smallest bet made during each round. Depending on the game, the ante is either $1 or $5. The ante is often referred to as the “buy in” to a round of poker.
The turn card is a 5. A player may choose to “match” the turn card by making a bet. This is considered to be a good bet because it gives the opponent a chance to see what’s in their hand. A player who chooses to match is called a “caller” and may be required to contribute to the pot before the dealer cuts.
The best poker hand is a “straight flush” of five cards in sequential order. It can be made from a straight flush ace or from two distinct pairs and a fifth card.
The best poker hand is also the best hand in the game. For example, a straight flush is best when you’re dealt a straight flush ace, two kings, two queens, and two jacks.
The best poker hand is also the most obvious, though. A straight flush with an ace high is called a Royal Flush. It is hard to beat.