Poker is an ancient family of games, where players bet over which card is most likely to be legal, in the same way as the corresponding ranks in football. In poker, the player with the strongest hand is said to be “low card,” whilst the player with the weakest may be called “high card.” In Hold ’em, the highest card (lowest to lowest) is called the “low card,” whilst the lowest to highest ranking card is called the “high card.” In Seven Card Stud, the highest card (the best card) is called the “lowest card,” while the highest ranking card (second from lowest) is called the “highest ranked card.” In other words, in seven card stud, the low card is the card that has the highest possible rank, and the highest ranked card is the card that has the second highest possible rank.
To understand poker, it helps to know what starting hands are. Starting hands in poker are those that a player has in the poker hand that he starts out with. For example, if a player starts with a “low card”, this means that this player has a hand worth betting against, so if this player bets out, that hand is his starting hand. Similarly, if a player starts with a “high card”, this hand means that the player has made a fairly large bet on something that he could probably get back, if he didn’t have a strong hand. Overall, starting hands in poker are critical because they give you a good idea of what kind of bet you can make and also give you an idea of what you should raise before you actually bet.
The showdown is the last five cards of the hand after the initial round of betting has ended. At the showdown, only two cards are left – the winning card and the losing card. In Hold ’em, the showdown occurs at the end of all the active hands (all the players have had their betting rounds and have either folded or been forced to reshuffle their cards if they have held on to more cards than they should have), so if there are fewer cards left, there’s less time to get the job done and therefore less time for you to make an accurate call.