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Basic Rules of Poker


Poker is a card game in which players place bets into a central pot. The highest hand wins the pot. Poker is played in homes, in poker clubs and over the Internet. It is considered to be the national card game of the United States and its play and jargon are a part of American culture.

The rules of poker are complex and differ from one game to the next. However, there are a few basic rules that all players should know. These include:

Poor poker etiquette is a sure way to ruin your game. Avoiding such moves as talking with other players, counting chips and making gestures can improve your overall performance. You should also refrain from discussing your current or past hands in any way. This can give away information and distract other players.

After the first betting round is complete the dealer will deal three cards face up on the table that anyone can use. This is called the flop. Then another round of betting takes place. When it’s your turn to act you must say “call” to make a bet equal to the last one.

Let’s say you dealt yourself a pair of kings off the deal. When the betting starts, Alex checks (which means he doesn’t owe anything to the pot). Charley calls. Dennis raises. You can either call or raise a bet, but you must be careful not to over-bet. If you over-bet, your opponent will fold and you’ll lose the pot.