Typically, a player will place a bet with a small blind. The small blind is half the ante. The player can choose to either fold or raise the bet. If the player raises, the players must call. If the player folds, he/she may no longer compete in the pot.
After the first betting interval, the player with the best hand wins the pot. The pot is the sum of all the bets made by all the players in a single deal. In the event of a draw, the pot is divided equally among the remaining players.
A straight is five cards in sequential order. The straight starts with the highest card. It can also start with a wild card. The straight can have one or two suits.
A flush is five cards of the same suit. The flush starts with the highest card. The flush can also start with a wild card.
A pair is two cards of equal rank. A pair of fives is better than a pair of fours. The second highest card in a pair of fives determines the highest flush.
A straight flush starts with the highest card. A straight flush can also start with a wild card. A straight flush can have one or two suits. The highest unmatched card breaks a tie. A “backdoor flush” is a flush that can be made by hitting a needed card on the turn and river.
A four of a kind is a combination of four cards of the same rank. The higher the four of a kind, the better. The higher the fifth card in a four of a kind, the better.