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The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game that involves betting over a series of rounds. The player who has the best five-card hand wins the pot. There are many different poker games, but the basic rules are the same. Each player is dealt two cards, and then a series of betting rounds takes place. Players can raise, call or fold during these rounds. The cards can be dealt face-up or face-down, depending on the variant of poker being played.

There are usually one or more betting intervals, starting with 2 mandatory bets called blinds that the players to the left of the dealer put into the pot. These bets create an incentive to play and give the players something to chase.

After the first round of betting is over, the dealer deals a third card on the table that everyone can use, this is called the flop. There is another round of betting after this and then a fourth card is dealt that anyone can use, this is called the turn.

It is important to look beyond your own cards and think about what other people have. By doing this you can make better decisions on how to play your hands. By knowing what types of hands beat others you can also put pressure on an opponent by raising and betting, especially if you believe that they have a weak hand. This is called putting your opponent on the edge and can often cause them to fold.

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