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How to Play Poker

Poker is a game of chance where players bet their cards to try and get the highest hand. The player with the best hand wins the pot. Players can also bluff to gain advantage.

Each player has five cards to make a poker hand. A hand of a pair of jacks or better is called “nuts”. Other cards can be used to improve a hand to make a flush or straight.

To begin, all players have to buy a certain number of chips. Each chip is worth a different amount of money. These chips are typically dark-colored and can be worth two, four, or five reds, ten whites, or twenty-five whites.

After the ante has been placed, the dealer begins to shuffle the deck. A dealer button is passed to each player at the table. Cards are dealt one at a time to the remaining players.

During the course of the game, each player will have to bet a certain amount of chips. The first player to make a bet is called the first bettor.

The first round of betting is followed by the second round of betting. Once the last round of betting is completed, a player can check or raise a bet. Checking means that the player does not want to bet, while raising is a bet that is higher than the bet that was previously made. If the player raises a bet, the player may also count as part of the pot chips that are needed to bet.