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How to Play Poker

The game of Poker is played by a group of people around a table. Each player has a stack of chips representing money and takes turns betting. If a player isn’t comfortable calling bets with weak hands, they can choose to fold and wait for another hand.

After each player has placed their ante bet, the dealer deals two cards to each person face down, which are known as hole cards. Once everyone has their hole cards, there is a round of betting that starts with the player to the left of the dealer.

Once the betting has finished, three cards are dealt to the table, which is called the flop. The flop is community cards that all players can use to make their final five-card poker hand. The player with the highest poker hand wins the pot.

A high-card poker hand is any hand that doesn’t qualify as a royal flush, straight, or pair. If the highest card is the same, a tie is broken by the second-highest card. If the highest card is not the same, the highest pair wins. The highest pair can be either one high card and one low card or two distinct high cards. High cards also break ties in a showdown. When playing poker, it is important to remember that the game is intended to be fun. It is a mentally intensive game and you’ll only perform your best when you are happy. If you start to feel tired, angry or frustrated, it is best to quit the poker session right away.