There are a number of different poker games from Crazy Pineapple Poker to Texas Hold’em to 7 Card Stud, but the premise in all of the games is to win the pot of money or chips at the table. There are only two ways to win the pot. One way is to hold the best ranking poker hand, which can be the highest ranking or lowest ranking hand depending on the game you are playing, or to bluff the other players at the table and convince them you have the best ranking hand. Either way, the game of poker is won by winning the pot of money in the center of the table.
The game is started by each player contributing to the pot in the form of an ante or in some games like Texas Hold’em, a blind. If an ante is used, everyone must contribute a portion of the first bet into the pot. If blinds are used, players will take turns posting the initial bet without seeing their cards first. This is rotated in each round so that every player gets an equal amount of time posting blinds.
After each subsequent round, there are opportunities for betting, raising, and calling. If at any time you choose to quit playing, you will forfeit your contribution to the pot. Play continues until there is a player with the best ranking poker hand or a player bluffs the other players into thinking they have the best hand, forcing the others to fold and taking the pot.
The game of poker can be an entertaining and elightening game to enjoy. There is a considerable amount of strategy involved, but there is also a substantial luck element in the game in which anything can transpire. Now that you know the basic rules of poker, let’s take a look at the ranking for each different poker hand.