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The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game where the players place their chips and money into a pot. The winner of a game takes the entire pot’s worth of cash. Some games use more than one pack of cards, while others use jokers. Poker hands are composed of five cards, with Ace high and lower cards being equal in value. Wild Cards are sometimes used, and these can be any card, although some games do not allow them. In these cases, two players may form two separate games.

The betting intervals in poker vary, but in all variations, one player has the privilege or duty to make the first bet. In turn, each player must put chips into the pot, equal to the contributions of the players before him. This is known as the street of play. A player’s action can be halted if he does not have the money to make a bet or raise. The betting round continues until someone places his last bet or raise, at which point the game is over.

The hand that is the best in poker at any given time is known as a “nuts” hand. This is a hand that has four cards of the same rank, two pairs, or three of a kind. A “nuts” hand has an advantage over any other hand. Therefore, a poker hand consisting of all four cards of the same rank is called a “nuts hand.” However, the “nuts” hand is not the only hand that can win.