Generally, poker is played with two or more decks of cards. Each deck can hold up to 52 cards. The game is played with 5-7 players. It is possible to play a larger number of players, but the stakes will be higher. Some variants of the game add wild cards.
A card is shuffled and dealt to a player. It may be face down or face up. Some variants of the game require players to bet an ante before being dealt a hand. A player who bets an ante may be forced to discard a card.
The best hand is often the one that holds two distinct pairs of cards and a fifth card. This type of hand is not very common, but is quite useful in certain situations.
Besides the usual suspects, some variants of the game incorporate jokers. These cards can be used as replacements for any card, including the wild card. Some games also specify which wild cards are allowed.
A high card is also a good way to break a tie. It can do so when there are multiple people tied for the highest card, or when the card is a high-ranking card in a specific suit. The ace-king or ace-deuce are examples of this.
A “straight flush” is the highest card in a sequence of five. This can be achieved by hitting certain cards on the turn and river. A “backdoor flush” is achieved by hitting two or more of the required cards.