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The Basics of Poker


The objective of Poker is to win the pot, the total of all bets made by all players during a single hand. Players wager to create the best hand and convince their opponents to fold. While winning money is always a good thing, a player must know when to fold and when to ante. The best poker hand is a combination of at least five cards. To win the pot, a player must either have the highest hand, or call or fold all their cards.

The player who is in the first-to-act position (also known as “small blind”) sits immediately to the left of the big blind. Another player sits to the left of the button, but one player has the privilege of making the first bet. Players then make forced bets. After each round, each player must place his or her chips into the pot equal to the amount of contribution made by the player before him. This player is called an active player.

After the betting round, the players’ hands will be revealed to each other. In the case of a showdown, a player who has the highest hand wins the pot. However, this scenario is not always the case. If two players have the same hand, the player who made the highest bet is the winner. The final round is called the showdown. The winner of the game is the one who has the best hand after all betting rounds.