During a game of poker, players must try to make as many pairs as they can before the dealer reveals their cards. If more than one player has the same kind of hand, the higher card wins. The best poker hands can have two pairs of the same kind, but not the same rank. Also, in a tie, the high card is the deciding factor. The high card can break a tie if no one has a pair.
In a poker game, the betting intervals occur every time a player raises. In the game of Texas Hold’em, for example, a player may have to put his ante into the pot in order to participate in the game. This player has the privilege to bet first, but must fold his hand when another player “raises” or calls. If the player drops, he loses all his chips and has to re-enter the game with the same number of chips as the previous players.
The game of poker can be played with any number of players, but the ideal number is six or eight people. Players compete with each other for the largest pot, a collection of bets from all players in a single deal. If one player has the highest ranking poker hand or makes a bet that no other player calls, he or she will win the pot. If more than ten players participate, two separate games can be played.