Almost every poker game uses poker chips. For games with more than seven players, poker chips should be provided. In most games, a white chip is the lowest value and a red chip is worth two, four, or five of the whites. Players “buy in” to a hand by purchasing chips of the same value. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Those who want to play without chips should supply their own chips, or purchase enough of them to start the game.
A hand of threes is known as a “nuts hand”. It is the highest possible hand at a given time. A straight flush is the highest possible hand, so holding a pair is not the best strategy. However, it is possible to make the best possible hand by hitting the suited cards on the turn and river. While it is difficult to beat a straight flush, it is still possible to beat a five-of-a-kind hand.
When a player has a high-ranking poker hand, he or she can raise his or her bet. However, if it is a pair, the player can fold the hand. Similarly, if the player has a low-ranking poker hand, it is also possible to fold the hand. When this happens, the game is called a “showdown.”