The Basics of Poker

Basic rules

If you’re new to poker, you should familiarize yourself with the basic rules of the game. Poker was first played in the sixteenth century by Germans as a bluffing game known as “Pochen.” This game was later adapted to a French version known as “Poque” and finally, to its present-day form: poker. The game’s origin is controversial. Some historians have suggested that it originated from a 17th century Persian card game known as “As-Nas”; however, more recent scholarship has cast doubt on this hypothesis and suggests that it originated in Europe.

Poker hands

In a poker game, the best hands are those that have two or more distinct pairs of cards and at least one high card. If more than one player has five of a kind, the higher card wins. In the case of tie, the high card breaks the tie.


In cash games, blinds are set amounts that the players must pay. They cannot be adjusted in the middle of the game, unless the players unanimously decide otherwise. In tournaments, blinds can be set at a certain level, which is often determined by the big bet at a specific table.


Straights are one of the strongest poker hands. In fact, they rank sixth overall in the poker hand rankings. In a head-to-head battle, an ace-high straight will beat all others. In addition, holding two cards to make a straight when there are three cards on the board increases your odds of winning.

Straight flushes

Straight flushes in poker are hands where the player holds three of a kind or more. The player with the best hand is the winner of the pot. When the player is holding a straight flush, the odds of winning the pot are very good. You can use the straight flush odds calculator to calculate the odds of winning a specific hand.

Full houses

Full houses in poker are a strong poker hand, ranking above a flush and four of a kind. The hand can occur on the flop, or on the fifth street in stud games. Usually, full houses are made by drawing to two pairs or three of a kind, and catching one needed card. The downside to full houses is that they can be difficult to play. As a result, many players with flush and straight draws fold their hands if they see a pair on the board.