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How to Play Poker


Poker is a game of chance where players try to make the best hand. It is played in casinos, private homes, and poker clubs. Various variants of the game exist, but all of them involve one or more rounds of betting.

To play, a person must first choose a starting hand. The hand is usually determined by the cards the player has received. If the player cannot make a decent hand, he can opt to fold.

The best hand is a straight flush, with five cards of the same suit. A five card straight is also called a royal flush.

A pair of kings is not a very good hand, but it’s not bad. In some games, the winner is the player who makes the highest straight.

An Ace high straight-flush is the Royal Flush. This is not as simple as it sounds. Two players with a pair of kings, a jack and a three will tie for the highest straight, but will split the pot proportionately.

A pot is the sum of all the bets made by all the players in one deal. Depending on the variant, players may or may not have to call a forced bet. Some betting structures allow a player to make a big blind bet.

In addition to making a forced bet, a player may bluff by claiming that he has the best hand. Alternatively, he may call and take the hand if he does not have a better one.