Traditionally, poker is played with a standard pack of 52 cards. The aim of the game is to win by making the best hand. This hand usually consists of five cards, but can also be made with two pairs and a single wild card. The hand with the highest value is the winner.
Poker is played with a group of people around a table. The chips used are usually red or blue. The game is governed by a set of rules, but many different variations exist.
The first player, or the initial dealer, cuts the deck. The cards are then distributed to all players one at a time. After a certain number of rounds, players reveal their cards. When all players have shown, the best hand is revealed.
The smallest hand is called a straight flush. A straight flush consists of five cards of the same suit. The ace can be either high or low. The straight flush is the best natural hand. The high card breaks ties when two or more people have a similar hand, or when multiple people have the same high card.
The second highest card wins the hand if there are two or more people with the same hand. If two people have the same high card, the highest pair wins. The second pair breaks ties. The highest straight-flush is called a Royal Flush.
Poker has spread to many countries around the world, with the earliest form in Europe being probably the 17th-century French game poque. This game evolved alongside the German game pochen and the Spanish primero. The game made its way to New World through French settlers.