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How to Play Poker


Poker is a gambling game that can be played with any number of players. The objective is to form the best hand possible, and to win the pot. It is played with a deck of cards, which is shuffled and dealt to each player.

Players are able to discard cards, or draw new ones. In some variants, a wild card is used. A wild card is an additional card that can be shuffled and used in place of another card.

After the cards are drawn, each player is dealt a hand of five cards. These may be face up or face down. Typically, poker games are played with a 52-card deck.

Once all the cards are dealt, the players reveal their hands. When a pair is formed, the best hand wins. If there is a tie, the highest card breaks the tie.

Poker players should treat each other with respect. Do not make fun of your opponent or complain about bad beats. This could ruin the mood of the whole table.

Before the cards are dealt, each player has the option of folding or raising. They must do so voluntarily. If they fold, they no longer compete in the pot. However, they can still call if the rest of the players do not raise.

After all the players have been dealt, the dealer is the last player to shuffle and cut the deck. He must then offer the shuffled pack to the opponent for cut.