The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game in which players make wagers on the outcome of their hands. Various variants of the game are known, but all share certain basic features.

The cards are dealt clockwise around the table and each player receives two cards. Depending on the rules of the variant, players may be required to contribute an ante, which is a small bet that all players must make before the deal.

During the betting intervals, each player must place the number of chips (representing money) that is required to make his total contribution to the pot at least equal to the amount of the previous bet. A player may also choose to check, which is to stay in without making a bet, provided that no other player has made a bet during that betting interval.

Each hand is valued by its highest card, unless no combination of cards can be made. The high card is compared to other combinations of cards, such as one pair and two pairs, to determine the best hand.

Counterfeit: When a duplicate card has been dealt, it greatly devalues a player’s hand. For example, if a player has a pair of 6s on the board and a 7 shows up on the turn, he has been “counterfeited”.

A type of poker game in which players bet their hands and win by making the best possible hand. The winning hand is the one with the highest rank, based on its mathematical frequency.

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