Poker Hands Explained

Poker is one of the most popular games around, and it can be a great way to spend a few hours with your friends. The most important thing about poker is that it is legal in all US states, which means that you can sit down at a real poker table and start trading cards, if you want. If you have never played poker before, it might seem confusing, but with a little help you will soon be playing poker like a pro.


Most poker is played with seven card decks, called “suit” in poker-speak. There are two types of poker: draw poker and holdem. In draw poker, you and your opponent each have five cards, and the object of the game is to make the least amount of money by folding them into the pot. Holdem is a betting game where you and your opponent each have five cards, and the object is to make the most money with your betting, while controlling your opponent’s betting. Draw Poker, on the other hand, is simply poker, with five cards to deal with, and is a betting game where you can either raise or fold, or call the bluff, depending on whether your opponents have any good hands.

When you are holding your poker game, there are many different things that can happen. First, the dealer may fold a bunch of cards, which is called “running”. This means that you have no good cards to play with and will likely lose the pot. It is important to watch for this, and fold immediately if you see your opponent’s running, because you do not want to get caught out with this.

A “high hand” is when you get to keep all your cards, even though your opponents have a good hand. A “low hand” is when you get to keep only one of your cards, even if your opponent has a high hand. This is why “running” and “low hand wins” happen so frequently in poker. If you see your opponent starting to run when they have a good hand, then it is definitely time to act.

If your hand is relatively weak, a “wild card” can be used as a way to rebuild your hand, because a “wild card” can win the pot even if your other two are in the pocket. Watch out for a player with a “wild card”, because it is possible to use this to rebuild your hand by throwing away weak cards and making bets with wild cards. The downfall here is that if a “wild card” wins the pot, the person who didn’t show will get to keep it. Use caution when throwing away cards, as they may decide to act on their own instead of just throwing their own.

One more type of poker hands is called “burn” hands. These are hands where the player reveals their cards before the dealer does. “Burning” is a form of bluffing, where the player has a strong hand and wants to play it. However, the dealer will then look at all of the players’ cards to determine whether or not the hand is real. The disadvantage to this is that if the cards are read correctly, the “burn” player could get everyone else to fold, which could cause a “wide stack”.