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The Basics of Poker

The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game that is played against other players. During each round of the game, a dealer is appointed, who shuffles the deck and deals out the cards to each player. This role can be given to a non-player, or the dealer may be a player who chooses to serve as the dealer for the duration of the game. Players take turns in playing the role of dealer, and are awarded a dealer chip, which they use to designate themselves each round. After each round, the dealer is replaced by a new player. A dealer’s position in the game determines certain betting rules.

A player with the highest hand wins the pot. A player’s hand consists of five cards. A straight is five cards of the same suit, and a flush is five cards of the same suit. In seven-card stud, a player’s best hand is five-cards. A player can also bluff, betting that they have the best hand and then not getting the cards they expect.

A player may choose to fold a hand if he or she does not want to continue the game. In this case, the player can make a check. A player who folds will not compete for the pot, and will have to pay for the cards that were previously dealt.