The Basics of Poker
Several versions of poker exist, but all play with the same basic set of cards. These include two pairs, five cards of the same suit, and five cards of another suit.
The earliest known version of the game was likely a 17th-century French game poque. It was likely introduced to the New World through French and German settlers. During the American Civil War, stud poker was introduced.
The name “poker” likely comes from the French poque, or probably the Persian game as nas. Several other variations have been played throughout the years. These include community card poker and split-pot poker.
Poker is a gambling game played with any number of players. Players place bets in the pot until all but one of the players drop out. Typically, betting is done in a clockwise manner.
Most poker games are played with a blind. The blinds are forced bets and give players something to chase.
Several variations of the game have been played, including split-pot poker, community card poker, and lowball. Some variant games add jokers to the deck.
The game has a large audience and has been popularized by television broadcasts. It is also played online. It can be played with as many as 5-7 players.
The highest ranking hand wins half the pot. The best hand is usually the best natural hand. Typically, the straight flush is the best natural hand. If two players each have the best natural hand, then a high card will break the tie.