# Learn the Basics of Poker

The stakes in poker can be raised several times. In theoretical poker, the stakes double each time a player raises the pot. However, the house rules usually only permit you to double your stakes for a short number of raises. Typically, stakes reach a high level after three or four raises, and doubling your stake further could force you out of the game due to lack of funds. To prevent this from happening, historical poker house rules limit you to doubling your stakes by the amount of the previous raise only.

## Straight poker

Straight poker is a type of poker that involves five cards in sequential order. Unlike other poker hands, a straight is not as strong as a flush or three of a kind. It is best to learn the rules of Straight poker before playing it.

## Five-card-of-a-kind

Having five-cards of the same rank is known as a straight in poker. A straight may include an ace or a low card and it can wrap around. If two straights are tied, the higher of the two wins the pot. For example, AKQJT beats KQJT9 down to 5432A. If two straights are matched, the highest three-card-of-a-kind wins the pot. Likewise, two high three-card-of-a-kinds will split the pot.

## Four-of-a-Kind

The Four-of-a-Kind hand is a poker hand in which you have four cards of the same rank. The hand wins if it beats all other hands with lower ranks. If you have four Aces, you have the best Four-of-a-Kind poker hand and beats any other hands with lower ranks.

## Texas hold’em

Texas hold’em is a variation of poker where players compete for a pot of money. Each player is dealt two cards face down, and attempts to control the pot based on their hand and their opponents’ hands.

## No-limit hold’em

No-limit hold’em is a popular form of poker that allows you to win without having the best hand. In this poker variation, you can win the pot by folding your opponent’s hand and getting all of the other players to fold too. You will also have the chance to lose your entire stack in one hand, and the only way to win is to have a plan for each street and react appropriately to your opponent’s actions. Playing No-limit hold’em requires a certain amount of skill and practice, but it can be done.