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The Basics of Poker


Poker is a game that requires skill and strategy to win. The game has a long and varied history and is one of the most popular card games in the world. There are many different variations of the game but all poker games involve betting. In most games players put in an amount of money, called the ante or blind bet to get dealt cards. Once everyone has a hand they then place their bets into the pot in the middle. The player with the highest hand wins the pot.

Usually there are three rounds of betting in a poker game. The first round of betting is known as the flop. During the flop there are three community cards revealed that everyone can use. This is a good time to look for strong hands and to check the strength of your own.

Once the flop is done the dealer puts another community card on the board, this is called the turn. Again, this is a good time to assess the strength of your own hand and to raise or fold your bets.

The final community card is then revealed, this is the river. After the river is dealt everyone gets a final chance to bet. The player with the highest ranked five card poker hand wins the pot. Ties are broken by the high card (one pair with three distinct cards and a five card). In some games jokers or wild cards can be used to break ties.