A good poker player needs a wide range of tactics to keep the opposition guessing. If you play a narrow range of hands your opponents will quickly get to know what you’re holding and you’ll lose money. You need a plan B, C, D, E and F to keep them off balance and your profits rolling in.
The game of poker involves a wager between players for an amount of chips called the pot. The players compete for the pot by revealing their cards in a series of betting rounds. The person with the highest ranked hand wins the pot. If the players have the same ranked hand, then they split the pot.
Before the flop, each player must place an initial bet, either by raising or calling. If no raises are made, then the dealer will burn the top card and put it out of play. After this the remaining cards are dealt to form the flop. The flop is then the basis of the next round of betting.
When you have a pair of matching cards, this is a high ranking hand and beats most other hands. However, you can also make a three of a kind with any two pairs of cards of different ranks.
A straight is a five card hand that includes consecutive suits, such as spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs (in descending order). The higher the cards in your straight the better. If you have a straight and your opponents have the same rank, then you tie and share the winnings.