Poker is a card game that involves betting and a significant amount of skill. It is a fast-paced game and players bet into a pot in the center of the table. The highest hand wins the pot. Betting passes around the table in clockwise order. Each player must ante something (the amount varies by game, in our games this is typically a nickel). Players may also choose to call a bet or raise it.
Players are dealt five cards. They can discard and draw 1 to 3 new cards. They may then choose to hold the cards they have and play them as is, or they can fold.
The game is based on the standard 52 card pack (although some variants use more than one deck, or add wild cards). There are four suits, spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. The rank of the cards is determined by their suit, with an Ace being high. Some games have special ranks such as “flush” and “straight.”
A player can win by having the best cards, or they can win by bluffing. The former involves a significant amount of chance, the latter is more about psychology and skill. In both cases, tenacity and courage often triumph over the best starting hands. Just like life, sometimes you can get farther than you think with what you have. Even a pair of kings will get you a long way if your opponents don’t surrender.