The Basics of Poker


The name “Poker” is most likely derived from the French poque or German pochen. However, this game is also a close descendant of the Persian game “as nas,” which was taught to the French settlers in New Orleans by Persian sailors. Poker is also considered to be an ancestor of the Spanish game primero, and the English game brag, which incorporates bluffing.

The number of players varies, but the ideal number is between six and eight. Before a game can begin, all players must make an ante, or a small wager to start the game. The player with the highest hand wins the pot. In general, betting proceeds clockwise from the dealer. Each player has three options when betting: fold, raise or match the bet of the previous player.

The highest hand is five of a kind, which is the highest hand possible. If more than one player has a five-of-a-kind hand, the highest card wins. Otherwise, the highest-ranking hand is a flush. However, in some cases, a five-of-a-kind hand may be the highest.

Once a player has a high-ranking poker hand, he or she may check the pot or fold. During this betting interval, the players reveal their cards. Afterwards, the player with the highest poker hand wins the pot.