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The Basics of Poker

A poker game is a card game that involves betting. It is a skill-based game with an element of chance, but is primarily decided by strategy and psychology.

The game is played with a standard 52-card deck of cards and can be played by two or more players. There are many different games of poker, some involving more complex strategies and tactics than others. The rules of poker vary slightly depending on the game, but all involve betting in some way and the opportunity to bluff.

Generally, there is one round of betting after each deal (or flop) of 2 cards. Each player can call, raise or fold their hand. If they raise, the player to their left must do so as well. This is to encourage players to play a strong hand, otherwise they might not put enough money into the pot to force stronger hands out of the game.

After the flop, another card is dealt face up on the turn. There is another round of betting, this time starting with the player to the right of the dealer. Once all players have a total of 4 cards, a showdown occurs and the winning player takes the pot.

The game is played with a kitty, which consists of the money players contribute to the pot after each bet. This kitty is used to pay for new cards, drinks and food, etc. Players may also agree to divide the chips in the kitty equally after each round of betting.