Poker is a card game where players compete for a pot of money. Each player starts the game by putting in an ante (a sum of money that varies from game to game) and then bet into the center of the table. The player who holds the best hand wins the pot. The betting rounds in poker continue in a clockwise order, until all players have called or folded.
Poker is played using five cards. A pair is made of four cards of the same rank. If two players have a pair, the higher pair wins. A second pair is formed by the highest card of the two pairs. If two players tie with a pair, the higher card breaks the tie. A flush is a hand with all cards of the same suit.
A pair of kings is not a good hand, but it’s also not a bad one. The player with a pair of kings can check, raise, or fold depending on the strength of his hand. In NL, each player may bet as much as they have in their stack.
While there is no way to predict the winner of a poker hand, players usually make decisions based on their five cards. They can either stand pat and make no further bets, or they can exchange a card for a better one. In the latter case, the aim is to improve your hand. For example, if a player has four-to-a-flush, they will likely discard one non-suited card, and a player with three-cards will likely discard three unpaired cards.