A Poker Introduction
Poker is a card game found at just about every land based and online casino. It’s fundamentally a gambling game that is played for money or chips that are purchased from the game’s banker.
Although there are many variations to the game of poker, the basic and most common forms are draw poker and stud poker. Both use a standard deck of 52 cards, although the joker cards may sometimes be added to the deck. All suit cards are equal and the values range from aces high down through to deuces low, though deuces are sometimes designated as wild cards. Two or more players ante up (conduct a base bet) and are dealt a series of five cards from a randomly shuffled deck. A round of betting ensues during which players either folds (they stop playing their hand), call (match the bet made) or raise (increase the current bet made). As the bets are added during each round of the game, they form the pot, which is the prize money for winning the game. The winner of the game is the player that holds the best hand at the end of the rounds or by bluffing to induce all the other players to fold.
In total there are a possible 2,598,960 possible poker hands in a standard 52 card deck. Both draw and stud poker rely on the same rules for winning, which requires a player to hold the best combination of cards to win the game. The principal combinations rank can be viewed on our Poker Hands page along with graphical representations.