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How to Play Poker in the First-To-Act Position


The highest ranking hand in poker is a royal flush. This hand contains five cards of the same rank in any order. There is no way to beat a royal flush of the same suit. A straight flush is also a high-ranking hand. Three of a kind is a pair of cards of the same rank plus three cards of a different suit. In the event that you don’t have any matching cards, you can have a pair of twos.

In the first-to-act position, you sit immediately to the left of the big blind and the button. The object of this position is to make your bet, and you can either call the pot or raise it. If you’d rather not raise, call. Otherwise, fold your hand. However, you can raise the pot if you have better odds than your opponent. If you’d like to raise your bet, you should make it.

The term “call” in poker refers to making a wager equal to the last bet or raise. For example, if a player on your left or right bet $10 and you’re holding a pair of fours, you would call by placing your hand in the pot and a similar amount of chips in the side pot. It’s also called “sandbagging” and is allowed in some poker games. But, in most cases, this type of play isn’t encouraged in the first place.