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The Basics of Hold’Em Poker

In four-card hold’em, the players must use two hole cards and three board cards to form a hand. A pair in the hole is larger than the pair on the board. The player whose button is next to the dealer is known as the small blind. To bet, the small blind must bet half the minimum amount, while the big blind must bet twice that amount.

There are many variations of the game, but all are based on the same basic rules. The aim of the game is to have the highest hand of cards. If you are able to do so, you win the pot. In case of a draw, the pot is divided among the players equally. The game is played in clockwise fashion.

Each player is dealt two cards, while the other player is dealt five cards. Each player then makes one last bet and the other players reveal their hands. The goal of the game is to create the best hand possible using one card from your hand and four cards from the table. The winner is the player with the highest hand.

In poker, the lowest hand is a pair of two or three cards in any suit. In some games, the ace is treated as the lowest card.