In poker, a hand is considered a “showdown” when a player has a winning hand. This happens when the hand reaches a showdown because of two factors: there are callers in the last round of betting and someone has gone all-in before the last round of betting. Alternatively, the game may have a side pot that consists of money that remains unbought but is bet by several players. If someone has gone all-in, he is only eligible to win the pot that he contributed to.
In Texas Hold’em, players are dealt two hole cards, referred to as “hole cards”. The betting process follows a set order: the pre-flop round, the flop, and then the turn and river. Once all of the betting rounds have concluded, players must show their hands and determine whether they have a winning hand. If the cards are in a proper order, the winner is declared the “pot”.
The minimum amount a player must bet to win a game is called the “blind.” This is money that the player has put on the table prior to the start of the game. The odds of getting a winning hand are based on the rank of the cards, and when two hands of the same rank are dealt, the winnings are split equally. In cash games, wild cards are allowed, making five-of-a-kind the best possible hand and beating a straight flush. Secondary pairs and highest unmatched cards break ties between identical poker hands.