How to Play Poker


Poker is a game played from a standard pack of 52 cards (some games use multiple packs, add wild cards or jokers and so on). It’s possible to form hands from five individual cards and the highest hand wins. In addition, some cards are “wild” and can take on whatever suit or rank the player wishes (aces, kings, queens, etc).

A player is dealt two cards, which are called his “hand.” He then attempts to make the best possible five card hand from his own two cards and the five community cards. The best hand wins the pot, which is all the chips that have been raised by players to this point in the round.

When a player wants to place more money into the pot, he raises. This requires other players to call his bet, or else fold their cards. The raiser must have enough in the pot to cover his opponents’ raised bets and otherwise contribute to the pot.

Some games have a button which indicates who has the right to deal the next hand. The button moves clockwise after each hand is dealt. Some games also have blind bets. Unlike an ante, these bets happen before the cards are even dealt and are often mandatory for all players to participate in. These bets can be in lieu of an ante, in addition to an ante or as part of a raise. Observe experienced players and think about how you would react to their actions to develop your own instincts about how to play poker.

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