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The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game where the object is to have the highest hand at the end of a betting round. There are many different forms of poker and it is a very popular gambling game. It is not recommended that anyone start playing poker without first learning the rules of the game.

To start a hand each player must put in a small bet (the amount varies by game, in our games it is typically a nickel) into the pot before they are dealt cards. After everyone has two personal cards in their hands the dealer puts three community cards on the table that everyone can use. This is called the flop.

After the flop there is another round of betting. When it is your turn you can either “call” the previous players bet, by putting your own chips into the pot, or you can raise their bet. You can also fold, meaning you give up your hand and forfeit any chips you have put into the pot.

One of the biggest mistakes a new poker player can make is to bet too much when they don’t have good cards. This can be caused by defiance and hope. Defiance is the desire to hold your ground against a strong opponent, even when you know you don’t have a great chance of winning. Hope is the emotion that keeps you in a bad hand, betting money you should have folded because you think that the turn or river will give you that straight or flush you want.