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The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game that involves betting between players and requires a certain amount of skill and psychology. The game can be played with any number of cards, and the most common type is the five-card hand. The game is very popular worldwide, and there are many different poker variants.

Each player begins the hand by making a contribution to the pot (which is often called an “ante”). Then the dealer deals each player a set of cards. The cards are usually dealt face down, and the number of cards each player receives is determined by the variant being played. Some games use a standard 53-card pack with a joker (“bug”) which is considered wild and can be used as an ace or to fill in a straight, flush, or certain other special hands.

A round of betting follows, and the players reveal their hidden cards. The player with the best hand according to the rules of the game wins the pot.

Ties are broken by looking at the highest cards in each hand. For example, if two hands have four of a kind, the one with the higher rank wins. If two hands have three distinct pairs, the highest pair wins. If the hands have the same high pair, then the highest card outside the pairs breaks the tie. High cards are also used to break ties in a flush or a straight.