While the various forms of Poker can range wildly in style of play, rules and betting, the basics of the game remain the same:
The setup: Poker games are played with a standard 52 card deck. Each player is dealt an allotted number of cards depending on the rules of the specific game being played. In some games, such as Ultimate Texas Hold'em, community cards are also dealt.
The objective: Each player uses their cards and the community cards to try to create a combination of cards that outranks their opponents. Hands are ranked in order of value, or strength, based on their difficulty to obtain. For example, four-of-a-kind beats a pair. Each Poker game sets rules on the strongest hands or the strength of hand needed to qualify for a win.
Betting: Bets are made at standard intervals set forth by the game's specific rules. Players assess the strength of their hands or the perceived weakness of the dealer or other players' hands while betting. Some forms of the game, such as 3 Card Poker, offer multiple ways to bet, and win. Whatever you do, don't splash the pot.
The fun: At the end of betting, the player with the best hand wins. Rake in the chips!