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The Basics of Poker

The Basics of Poker

Poker is a game of chance, where players compete for a large pot of money. It is a popular game in casinos and on the internet, attracting thousands of players worldwide.

Rules and Strategy

The game begins with an initial bet called the ante, which is placed by the player to the left of the dealer. This amount must be enough to make that player’s total contribution to the pot at least equal to the number of chips in the pot before the cards are dealt.

Once the ante is paid, 3 cards are dealt face-up (revealing them to all players) at the center of the table. These are community cards, and are used by each player to build their 5 card hand.

Next, a betting round is conducted. During this betting round, players take turns revealing their hands to the other players in turn clockwise.

The player with the best 5-card hand wins the pot. The process repeats until no more players have folded or all the chips are in the middle.