The Basics of Poker


Poker is a popular card game in which players try to earn the highest score by winning a pot of money. It is played with cards, usually called chips, and can be played in several variations.


A complete hand is dealt to each player, and a round of betting takes place. Raising and re-raising is allowed. The dealer deals three face-up community cards, called the flop, and a fourth, face-down card called the turn. The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot.

The Rules:

A poker hand contains two personal cards and five community cards. The best hand is the combination of the two personal cards and all five community cards.

When betting in a poker game, the first player to bet must make a minimum bet. He is then followed by the next player. If the next player raises, the first player must either call or fold his hand.

The Flop:

After the first betting round, the dealer deals three face-up community cards. These are community cards that anyone can use to form their best hand.

The Turn:

After the turn, the dealer deals another card to the board. This is the second community card, and it is also the third card that any player can use.

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