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The Basics of Poker

Poker is a game of chance where players buy chips (called stakes) and make bets. The winner of a pot wins the money.

The game starts with each player getting two cards from the dealer. After this, everyone gets to bet/check/raise/fold. The dealer puts a card on the board called the flop.

After the flop, every player gets another chance to bet/check/raise/fold. If a player has three of a kind, they win the hand by betting more than the other players.

In poker, there are four types of hands: Pairs, Kickers, High Cards and Low Cards. Each of these hands has a value and is ranked according to that value.

A Pair is when you have two identical cards of the same value (e.g., K-K-J-5). A Pair is ranked higher than a High Card or Low Card.

If two players have the same Pair, their hands are ranked based on the highest remaining card. The highest remaining card is a Kicker.

One of the most important things in poker is knowing your opponent’s betting patterns. This will help you determine if they have good or bad hands. Besides, it will also give you an idea of how aggressive they are. In addition, a good strategy is to watch their reactions and facial expressions to get a feel for how they are playing.

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