There are many different variations of Poker. Three-Card Monte and Spit-in-the-Ocean are two examples of games with fewer than five cards. All variations of the game will be discussed later in this chapter. Several games allow for more than ten players to play simultaneously. For instance, if a player has two aces, he can arrange two separate games in the same game room. And if a player has a hand with a pair of aces, he or she is awarded the game.
In Poker, players must ante, or bet, a certain amount of money. All of the players then bet into the pot in the middle of the table, known as the “pot.” When a player wins the pot, their hand has the highest ranking, and the person with the highest hand wins the pot. The betting occurs in a clockwise manner, and continues until all players have folded or called. Poker is a popular form of gambling and is often played in bars and casinos.
A player can have a “nuts” hand if the two hole cards of their hand are higher than the three board cards. A pair in the hole, or a suited pair, is the best hand in poker. The second-best hand in the game is the “backdoor” flush, which is achieved by hitting all of the needed cards on the turn and river. In this variation, the two hole cards are larger than any community card on the board.