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The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game that can be played by two or more players. It is usually played with a standard 52-card deck and may include jokers or wild cards. The cards are shuffled before each hand. The game is governed by an agreed set of rules that the players must follow, including how to deal and bet.

Each player has a number of chips to use for betting during a hand. The chips are usually of different colors, with the white chip worth one unit of a minimum bet; a red chip is worth five whites; and a blue chip is worth 10 whites. Players can also make a special bet known as a “kitty” by agreeing to add a low-denomination chip to each pot in which they raise, and any money remaining in the kitty when the game ends is then divided equally among those players still in the hand.

Once all players have their 2 hole cards there is a round of betting initiated by two mandatory bets made by the players to the left of the dealer. Once everyone has acted on their hand a third card is dealt face up called the flop. Then another round of betting takes place.

Acting last in a hand is a great advantage for you because you will see how your opponent plays before making your decision on how to play. Ideally you want to fold any weak hands on the early betting rounds and try and bluff other players into folding in later betting streets. You will also get a feel for your opponent’s betting patterns and you can start to read them better.