Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world, and although it’s difficult to master it’s easy to learn. There are many variants of poker, but in all of them players try to make the highest five-card hand.
In straight poker, which is the classic variant of the game, each player is dealt five cards facedown. Play progresses clockwise, with players choosing to bet, match the current bet or raise the bet. If no bet has been made players can check, or pass the action to the next player, and players can also fold, or opt out of the current hand, losing any money they have already bet.
Stud, Draw and Community Poker
Poker variants can be divided into three main types. In stud poker, a certain amount of cards are dealt face-up, which adds another level of strategy. In draw poker players can attempt to improve their hand by discarding and drawing cards. In community poker, players are dealt an incomplete hand and have to make a full hand using a pool of community cards that all players share.
The rules of poker are simple, but most of the game’s strategy comes from matching wits with the other players, and trying to read their body language or fool them by bluffing. This is what makes poker such a perennial favourite.