Poker is a card game where players make bets. Each player makes an ante, an amount that varies depending on the game. Then, players place bets into the center of the table into the pot. The person with the highest-ranking hand wins the pot. Betting takes place clockwise and each player has three betting options: they can raise their initial bet, fold, or stay put.
The pot is a grouping of five cards that a player may hold. These five cards are a combination of cards dealt to them and community cards. Often, the five-card hand contains a kicker, which is the highest card left in the deck. For example, a kicker of four of a kind would be the fifth card in the hand.
A backdoor flush can occur if a player is in a position to make the required cards on the river. This is a way for a player with a statistical edge to win the hand without having to spend all of their chips. In this scenario, a player has two pairs that can make a straight, but he needs the turn and river to complete the straight.
The best natural hand is a straight flush. A straight flush consists of five cards of the same suit. The ace can be either high or low, but it cannot wrap around other cards, such as the K, A-2, or a four of a kind. The next best hand is a four-of-a-kind, which can consist of any three cards.