The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game in which the players compete with each other by placing chips in a pot. If the pot is full, the player with the highest hand wins. However, if two players tie, the pot is divided as evenly as possible. The player with the highest card of a particular suit is given the odd chip.

The most common natural hand is the straight flush, which is a group of five cards in the same suit. It can include a high or low ace, but cannot wrap around two-, three-, or four-card combinations. An Ace high straight-flush is known as a Royal Flush.

A good poker range will consist of a combination of value hands and bluffs. This is commonly referred to as balancing your poker range. You can calculate your range by identifying the hands you think your opponent will be holding before the flop. You can also look up how many times a player has raised or folded in a specific spot.

A false opener is the player who has a hand that is neither good nor bad. The false opener will place an ante in the pot before the flop. This player may also bet before a draw. In this case, the false opener must prove that the hand he has is better than the opponents’.