Poker is a card game played by players who place bets on their hand. Players use a standard 52-card deck of cards to play the game. The cards are ranked from Ace to ten. In poker, a hand is considered to have a pair if it has two consecutive cards, a full house if it has two pairs, and a flush if it has five cards of the same suit.
Most poker games have two or more betting intervals. Each interval begins with the player making the first bet. During each interval, the next player may either bet, fold, or match the first bet. At the end of the interval, the pot is won by the player with the best hand.
When a pair of cards is tied, the highest unmatched card is used to break the tie. This is called a high card.
When a pair of cards is matched, the highest matching card wins. A straight is five cards in order. If no pairs are tied, the highest card in the straight breaks the tie.
Straights are often used in the final showdown. A two-pack game is used to speed up the game. It is played using contrasting colors. Unlike in stud poker, where a higher limit is applied to exposed pairs, players in a two-pack game are limited to their ante.
No pair is a very common poker hand. A no pair poker hand contains no consecutive cards. It is also sometimes called a draw.