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A Beginner’s Guide to Poker

Poker is a betting card game where the players are trying to get the best hand possible. This requires a lot of skill, but it also involves luck and bluffing skills.

What You Need to Play Poker

In order to play poker, you need a deck of cards and chips (which stand for money). Most games have a 52-card deck and four different suits: hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds.


A player can call, raise or fold his hand before other players have a chance to see theirs. If he calls, other players must match the amount of the bet or raise their own bet.

Blinds and Ante

Before a hand of poker begins, each player is required to put in a small bet called a blind. These are usually half of a normal bet and are paid out before the flop.

Card Counting

To win at poker, you need to be able to read the other players’ hands and predict what they might have. You can do this by observing them at the table and thinking about what they might have in their hands, then acting accordingly.

How to Play

To start playing poker, you need a large table with chairs and cards. This is usually a standard round table that can hold 8 to 9 players.

When playing poker, you can improve your speed and skills by practice. This will help you develop quick instincts that will come in handy when you’re on the table.