How to Play Poker

Poker is a popular card game among casino enthusiasts in which players make wagers into a pot and try to win that pot not only through luck of the draw but with skill and strategy.

You can increase your likelihood of winning the pot in two ways: Luck and Skill

1. Luck - If you hold the highest card among the players 2. Skill - If you bluff your opponents that you have the winning hand.

But before you can do either, there are rules to follow in the poker game.

You have to know the specific hierarchy of the poker hands. The game starts with the dealer shuffling the cards and distributing them out to the players clockwise. Cards are distributed face down so no player will see who among who is holding what. Players are to place bets where they will contest for the pot.

There are betting rounds in a game of poker, each player taking their turn after another. After the initial deal, the betting rounds begin. The players are to choose whether:

1. Check; if this is your option you are staying in the round but are not adding to the pot. One can only do this if the action starts with you or there is not bet made before your turn.

2. Call and remain in the game. Here you are calling a previous bet but not adding to that bet.

3. Raise by calling the previous bet and bet higher. Here you are quite sure that you hold the highest cards and are challenging the opponent where you offered a bet signaling that your cards are better or you are bluffing they are.

4. Fold or pass your turn. This is only done if you don't want to continue as you don't feel you have cards to win but bluffing is not appropriate at this stage..

At the end of each round, all bets are shoved to the pot. During a round, players can check, fold, call or raise the bet. If a player bets and no opponent chooses to match their bet, they win the pot and players may choose not show their cards.

In the event that more than one player remains at the end of the last round, a showdown takes places where the players lay down all their cards to see who holds the highest cards. The player with the best hand in the showdown wins the pot.

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