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The Basics of Poker

The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game in which players place bets into the pot based on their hand of five cards. Each player has two hidden “hole” cards that they will use, along with the five community cards in the center of the table, to form their best poker hand. Players can Fold, Call or Raise when betting comes around to them. The highest ranked hand wins the pot.

While a large amount of poker is based on luck, the top professional players understand that long term results are largely based on skill. To improve your game you should practice and watch experienced players to develop quick instincts.

There are many different variations of Poker, but the game is played with a standard 52-card pack and four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs). Aces can be high or low, but all hands must contain five cards. Some games allow for wild cards, which can take on any suit and rank.

The most common poker hands are pairs, three of a kind, straights and flushes. Pairs consist of two matching cards, three of a kind is made up of three cards of the same rank and a straight contains five consecutive cards of the same rank. A flush is a full house of matching cards, including an ace and king. When two hands have the same rank, ties break according to the rules of High Card.