How to Win at Poker


There are several different ways to win at poker. The best hand is a straight flush, which is made up of 5 cards of the same suit. An ace may be high or low, but cannot wrap around the other cards (K-A-2-3-4). A royal flush is the highest straight flush and comprises all cards of the same suit.

In each round of the game, each player is dealt seven cards. Each player must choose the best five-card hand to win. The cards are then revealed clockwise around the table. The game is usually played with between five and seven players. A betting phase occurs between each new round. The winner of the round is the one who has the highest-value hand. Once the final round of betting is complete, the winner of the round takes the pot.

A high-value hand may be able to double the amount of chips in the pot. However, if two players tie, the pot will be split evenly among the players. The player who has the highest card of the same suit has the highest hand. If both players have ties, however, the odd chip goes to the player with the highest card by suit.

If the player has a high-value hand, they should reveal it at the showdown. This will make the player with the higher hand look more likely to win the pot. Those who conceal their chips during a hand will cause confusion among other players and create an uncomfortable playing environment.