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The Basics of Poker


In Poker, you can make a full house with five cards of the same rank, or a flush, a hand where all five cards of the same suit are in sequence. If you have two four of a kind, the high card in the hand breaks the tie. In the same way, a straight is a hand with five cards of the same suit, but not in the same sequence. In addition, two pairs of cards are possible, but they are not considered full houses.

The standard 52-card deck used in Poker is used. Sometimes, jokers are added to the deck. The top players in clubs and poker tournaments often play with two packs. In these games, each dealer deals one pack. The previous dealer shuffles the cards in the pack and passes the deck to the next dealer. During the shuffled deck, the previous dealer will place the shuffled pack to his or her left.

After the “flop,” the dealer will reveal 5 cards. Each player has seven cards – two personal and five community cards. After the dealer has revealed the cards, players must analyze their hands and decide whether they will make a winning hand. If no good hand is revealed, the player should fold. If the cards on the table make a winning hand, players with strong hands should bet to force the weaker players out. Besides, betting will increase the pot value.