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The Basics of Poker

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During a poker game, players place bets on a hand of cards. The aim of the game is to win the pot by having the highest-ranking hand of cards. The hand can consist of any combination of five cards. A hand that contains four cards of the same rank is called a quad.

Poker is played by a group of people around an oval table. Each player is dealt a card in rotation. One player is given the privilege of making the first bet. The bet is made by putting down a set amount of chips.

After the first bet is made, each player is given the opportunity to fold or call. If the player chooses to call, he or she matches the previous bet. If the player chooses to fold, he or she is out of the hand.

A poker hand is a combination of five cards. A hand that contains five cards of the same suit is called a flush. A flush starts with the highest-value card. A flush can also be made from a straight. A straight is a sequence of mixed suits.

In Poker, there are four main types. The first type is a “straight flush”, which starts with the highest-value card. Another is a “backdoor flush”, which is achieved by hitting the needed cards on the turn and river. Unlike the straight, a flush can contain an ace.

A hand that contains two cards of the same rank and three other cards that are not matching is called a pair. The pair can be made from the ace, king, queen or jack.