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The Basics of Poker


Generally, a hand consists of five cards grouped together to form a hand. The goal is to form the best possible hand from the five cards. The highest ranking hand wins the pot.

The first player has the right to make the first bet. If the player does not make a bet, he is said to fold. If the player makes a bet, the other players must match the bet.

The second betting interval occurs after the turn. In this betting interval, everyone calls the raise. If no one calls, the players continue to bet until everyone folds. If everyone folds, the player who folded is said to be out of the hand.

The highest card in the hand is used to break ties. This breaks ties when there are several people with the same card. In some games, the ace may be considered as the lowest card. In others, the kicker is considered to be the highest card.

In some games, a straight or flush starts with the highest card. If there are two straights with the same value, the pot is split. If the straights tie, the player who has the highest pair wins the pot.

A pair of kings is not bad off the deal. A pair of aces is a good hand, but it is not as strong as a pair of kings. The kicker is the highest card in the deck in a high card hand.