Generally, there are five cards in a poker hand. Each of these cards has a suit (pair, straight, flush, four of a kind, etc.) that is used to determine the value of the hand. Some poker games allow a wild card.
Each player is dealt a hand of cards in a rotating rotation to the left. Players can choose to shuffle the cards themselves or have the dealer do so.
After a player is dealt a hand of cards, he may either “raise” or “fold”. A raise is an increase in the bet in front of the player. A fold is a loss of the bet and the player’s hand.
A player may also win a hand of cards by bluffing. Bluffing is when a player bets that he has the best hand, without making it known to other players. A player may win a hand by bluffing if he has a hand that is not good enough for a bet, or if he has a hand that the other players have a high chance of beating.
Ties are broken by the high card. If two people tie for the highest card, a third high card breaks the tie. If several people tie for the highest card, a fourth high card breaks the tie. The lowest possible hand is seven five four three two. In some games, the ace may be treated as the lowest card.
If a player has more than one four of a kind, the highest rank wins. If two four of a kind have the same rank, a high card outside the four of a kind breaks the tie.