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The Basics of Poker


The game of poker is a gambling card game. Players place an ante (amount varies by game) and are then dealt cards. After the cards are dealt a round of betting takes place. The player with the highest ranked hand wins the pot. A player’s hand consists of their own two personal cards plus the five community cards on the table. During the game each player can raise and call.

Once the first betting round is complete the dealer deals three more cards face up on the board. These are called the flop and everyone still in the hand gets a chance to check/raise/fold. After the flop the dealer puts another card on the table that anyone can use called the river.

During the last betting round the dealer places one final card on the table that all players can use called the turn. This is the last time that players can bet and again they can raise/call.

The best poker hands are not the strongest, they are the ones that are played the best. For example pocket kings on the flop are not going to beat aces but they are very strong if you can disguise them as weak and force players to act rashly.

Poker is not an easy game and it takes a lot of practice to become good at it. However if you are patient and stay disciplined it is possible to achieve a very high win rate. It is important to leave your ego at the door and play against better players as much as possible, since it will make a huge difference in your winning rate.