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How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game where you use your five cards to create the best possible hand. The player who has the highest hand wins the pot. There are a number of ways to play the game.

The dealer is the person who controls the cards. Players have the right to shuffle or fold their cards. Often, players will have to match the bet made by another player.

There are three types of forced bets. You can make a blind bet, a ante bet, or a raise bet. Some games also allow you to bluff by making a bet.

A player can make two bets in a round. In the first betting interval, the player to the left of the big blind is the first to act. This player may check, raise, or call.

The player to the left of the small blind is the next to act. If he does not call, he is said to fold.

After each betting interval, the next card is dealt to the player. That player has to decide whether to call, match, or fold.

During a hand, the player can discard up to three cards. Cards are ranked from Ace to ten. High cards break ties. When there is a tie, the player with the higher unmatched card wins.

The pot is the sum of all the bets placed during a single deal. It can be won by the player with the best hand or by the player with the highest unmatched card.