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The Basics of Poker

In poker, the best hands are known as “nuts”. For example, a pair of sevens is the best hand. The second best hand is a straight. The river card has a seven on it. The first three cards of the hand are called the flop, the turn and the river. The player with the best hand wins.

In poker, a straight is five cards in a row that have the same value. A flush, on the other hand, is five cards of the same suit. The goal of the game is to have the best hand possible. However, not all hands can win. Sometimes, a pair of aces is the lowest hand.

Poker has its roots in many ancient civilizations. Its name likely derives from German pochen and French poque. The Persians played a similar game called as nas, which is regarded as the ancestor of poker. It is also considered an ancestor of primero and brelan. The English game brag, a variant of poker, incorporates bluffing.

Poker can be played with as many as eight players, but the ideal number is six to eight. During a hand, the players make a bet called the pot. If one player has the highest hand, they win the pot, which is all the money they have bet during the hand. If the game ends in a draw, the pot is split among all the players.