Poker is a gambling game that is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Each player receives a card face down, and the cards are ranked from the Ace to the jack. The highest hand wins the pot. If two players have the same hand, the higher ranking card breaks the tie.
A pair is a pair of cards with the same rank. When comparing two pairs of equal rank, the second highest odd card is used.
Fours of a kind (four cards of the same rank) are also known as a quad. This can be a very good hand if the fifth card is a wild card.
Five of a kind (five cards of the same suit) beats a straight flush, and can be a very good hand if two of the five cards are a wild card. However, a five of a kind is not possible in standard poker.
If a dealer makes a mistake, don’t make fun of it. Instead, politely explain the error to the dealer. Generally, the dealer will try to correct the mistake.
It is important to remember that the dealer does not decide the outcome of the hand. There is a betting interval after each round of dealing. During the betting interval, the players can check, raise, or fold.
When the last raise occurs, the betting interval is finished. After this, all the players can call or fold. Some poker games require players to ante up before the deal.