Poker- Bluff Your Way In

We have heard about poker many times. It might be in movies, series, advertisements, etc. It is quite a popular card game played around the world. It is played with 52 cards on the deck. Poker is a combination of skills, psychology, and luck. There is a term one must have heard many times in the context of poker. It is a ‘bluff.’ Bluffing is a way for your cards and body language to stand for different things. It is a way of convincing your opponents that you have the best cards. So, one plays with the psychology of the opponent.

Basic rules of the game

  1. Poker requires 2 to 14 people.
  1. The main goal of poker is to win the “pot.” It is the final amount of the bet.
  2. Terminologies related to the poker:
  • Bet: It is the amount set by a player.
  • Call: It is the same as the betting amount added to the pot.
  • Raise: To increase the betting amount, one calls a raise.
  • Fold: It is done when one doesn’t want to continue betting and withdraw from the round. It’s done when one is unsure of the cards.
  • Check: The player who wants to stay in the game without participating in the bet calls “check.” It can be done when a person before has not bet anything.
  • The cards are dealt with in a clockwise manner.

Hands in Poker

  1. The ranking of hand
  • The winning cards are given in the following hierarchy.
  • Royal flush: It is a combination of cards when all five cards belong to the same suit and are in order A-K-Q-J-10. Nothing can beat this combination.
  • Straight flush: When five cards are of the same suit and consecutive numbers, it is called a straight flush.
  • Four of a kind: Any four cards of the same kind are called four of a kind.
  • Full house: It consists of three cards of the same type and a pair.
  • Flush: All five cards must be of the same suit. The order of the cards doesn’t matter.
  • Straight: All five cards have a specific order. The suits of the cards can be different.
  • Three of a kind: Three cards from five should be of the same kind
  • Two pairs: There must be two pairs of cards.
  • One pair: Two cards from the five cards must be of the same kind
  • High card: One of the cards must be a high card