Poker is a card game where you use your cards to try to form the best possible hand. The highest-ranking hand wins the pot. The game consists of a series of rounds, each of which begins with the dealer dealing one card facedown to each player.
The first round of betting, known as the flop, begins with each player having to bet an established minimum amount. In each round of betting, each player may call the earlier bet by putting into the pot the same number of chips as the previous player; raise the previous bet by placing in more than enough chips to call; or fold, or discard his hand and leave the betting until the next deal.
When the flop is complete, each player can now use any of the five community cards to make up his best hand. The community cards, which are dealt in rotation to the left, are used to make up a variety of hands, including:
A Royal Flush is the best possible poker hand. It consists of a combination of a king, queen, jack and an ace in the same suit.
Straight flush is the second-best hand; it consists of a combination of two pair, three of a kind and four of a kind in the same suit.
Full house is the third-best hand; it consists of king, queen and jack in the same suit.
If two players have the same hand, they have a tie and the prize is split evenly between them. Ties are often resolved by a showdown.