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A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is a card game that can be played by two to seven players. It requires skill and strategy to win, and there are many different variations of the game.

Basics of the Game

The goal of a poker hand is to make the best five-card hand possible. This can be achieved by using the cards in your hand or by drawing from the community cards.

Rules of the Game

Each player is dealt a hand of cards face down and one card face up. Each player has a turn to deal and bet.

Depending on the variant of the game, each player may be required to place an initial amount of money into the pot, called a forced bet. Forced bets can come in the form of antes, blinds, and bring-ins.

First-to-act position

The player who is first to act in a betting round is the player nearest the dealer’s left. The first bettor is the player with the highest-ranking poker combination in his faceup cards.

Raise and call

The first player to bet is the one who raises, and the next player to call is the one who matches his bet. In some games, a player may check, which means that he stays in without betting.


In a game of poker, players bluff by claiming to have the best hand when they do not. They can win a game by bluffing or by getting other players to bet based on their superior hand.