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How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game with a lot of luck but also requires some skill and psychology. The game can be played with a small amount of money (the ante) or a large amount of money (the pot). The players place chips into the pot to make their contribution. Each player then has a chance to raise or fold his hand. The person with the highest five card poker hand wins the pot.

The cards are shuffled and cut by the dealer. Then the cards are dealt to each player in rotation. The person to the left of the dealer acts as the button. This is the first person to act and places in the bets for the current hand. Then the button passes to the next player on the left.

After the first betting round is complete the dealer deals three cards face up on the table that everyone can use. This is called the flop. This will allow players to raise or fold their hands based on what they think they have against the community cards.

If you have a strong poker hand then it’s best to play it. Don’t waste your time with a weak hand that has little chance of winning. This includes unsuited low cards and a high kicker. Also avoid bluffing too much because it can backfire. Instead, try to force opponents into making a bad call with your strong hand and take advantage of their fear of you having a big draw.