The History of Poker
The origin of poker is somewhat apocryphal, but it is widely believed to have originated in Europe during the 17th century, when French settlers played a game called poque. This game has spawned countless variations and the word poker itself has French origins. French settlers also brought poker to North America, where it evolved further into the game known as primero. It was not until the nineteenth century that poker truly became a worldwide phenomenon.
Players compete in rounds of betting where the player with the best five-card hand wins the round. The winning player then shares the pot. As the players continue to play the game, they will eventually run out of money and have to fold, but not necessarily. However, if they keep a good hand and play many rounds, they will eventually run out of money. Poker is played over many rounds, with each player placing a stake in the beginning.
The ranking of the standard poker hands is determined by the odds. Two identical hands, for example, tie and divide the winnings equally. Aces have no relative ranking in poker. Wild cards, on the other hand, can be used to make the highest possible hand, five of a kind. Five of a kind beats a straight flush. If two identical poker hands have ties, the highest unmatched card and secondary pairs break the tie.