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The Basics of Poker

The Basics of Poker

Poker is a game of chance, skill and strategy. Players place bets with plastic or ceramic discs called chips, which they exchange for money at the end of the game.

The cards are usually a standard 52-card deck, sometimes with one or two jokers. Typically, two packs of cards are used in most games; the first pack is assembled and shuffled, and the second is dealt with.

A typical Poker hand consists of two personal cards and five community cards. These are dealt face-up (revealed to the players) at the center of the table. The player with the best hand wins.

When playing a hand, the players take turns clockwise around the table revealing their hands. Some variants of the game, including Stud, let a player choose not to reveal their hand; however, this choice does not count toward winning a round.

Players are allowed to fold, check, or call. A fold is a decision to give up all of a player’s chips in the current betting round. A check is a non-bet that does not change the amount of the pot.

In each betting round, each active player must bet or raise at least the amount of the first bet. If no opponents call a player’s bet or raise, that player wins the pot.

A call is a bet equal to the amount of the last bet or raise. A raise is a bet greater than the last bet or raise.