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The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game in which players bet into a pot for each hand. The highest ranked hands win the pot. There are different variants of the game that use different rules but most involve a standard pack of 52 cards plus one or more jokers.

Each player must ante something, the amount varies by game but in our games it’s usually a nickel per hand. Once everyone has their two hole cards there is a round of betting, starting with the person to the left of the dealer.

Once the betting is done a third card is dealt face up, called the flop. There is another round of betting and then a fourth card, called the turn is dealt face up. Once again there is a betting round and then the fifth and final community card is revealed for the last time, called the river.

It’s important to play only with money you are willing to lose, especially while learning poker. This way you can learn and develop quick instincts without risking too much of your bankroll. It is also helpful to observe experienced players and think about how you would react in similar situations to build your own instincts.

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