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The Basics of Poker


Poker is one of the oldest card games in the world. Though no one is certain of its exact origin, most believe it was derived from other games. Its name originates from a 17th-century game called poque, from which we get the word poker. It later evolved into the German pochen and the Spanish primero. The game was brought to North America by French settlers.

Poker is a card game in which the cards used in the game are dealt face-up. Each player makes one hand, which is a combination of five cards. The value of a hand varies according to its mathematical frequency, and players may bet that they have the best hand. If another player calls the bet or folds, the player may win the pot.

The game of Poker has three phases. The first phase is called the pre-flop. Players place their cards in front of each other in an order that starts from the farthest card. The second phase is called the flop. After a player has bet the pre-flop, the flop is dealt. During this phase, players are allowed to check their cards and make bets.

The best hand in Poker is called the “nuts”. This means that a player has the best possible hand in a given moment. The next two stages are known as the turn and the river. The best hand in Poker is one that has two of the four types of high cards in a suit.