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The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game played by players who try to win money by placing money in the pot. The highest hand wins the pot, and the lowest hand wins nothing. In some games, the ace may be treated as the lowest card. In others, it is considered the highest card if it is in a pair. In poker, players usually play with five or more people.

In casual play, the right to deal poker hands rotates among players. In some variations, the dealer is referred to as the house dealer, and a button is placed on the dealer button to mark him. The dealer button is typically a white plastic disk that indicates a nominal dealer. The order of betting depends on the position of the dealer.

The final betting round determines the winner. The best hand wins the pot, and the winner is declared the “pot.” Typically, there are two betting intervals, and the winning hand is determined by the highest hand. The winner of the game is a player who has the best five-card poker hand at the end of the final betting phase.

A poker hand is a collection of five cards with the same suit. If any of the cards is a pair, the player is said to have a “hand.” The player to the immediate right of the dealer, or the “button”, shuffles the deck and deals the cards. The button is a plastic disk, and is passed clockwise after every hand.