How to Play Poker


Typically, poker is played with a deck of 52 cards. However, some poker variants are played with multiple packs. The aim of the game is to have the best hand possible.

When two players have a pair of cards that are of the same rank, the highest pair wins. The second highest pair wins if there are ties. If there is no pair of cards, the highest card breaks the tie.

The individual cards are ranked from ace to king. The joker counts as the fifth card in some special hands. A wild card is used to supplement any other card. All four deuces are wild cards.

When two players have fours of the same rank, the high card breaks the tie. The highest unmatched fifth card wins in a tie. Similarly, the highest four of a kind wins if two fours of the same rank are tied.

The first player to bet is the person who takes the most chips into the pot. He is also called the active player. Players can call to bet or match the bet. Alternatively, they can choose to pass. If they do not want to bet, they can simply discard their hand.

When a player has a pair of cards, they may choose to raise the amount of money that they are betting. The amount they are betting will depend on the game. A minimum bet is usually one dollar or five dollars.