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Poker is a card game that is trending in popularity. This is partly due to the television exposure and popularity among celebrities. The game has been around since the twentieth century, and started as a recreational activity. It now has become a game that offers multi-million dollar tournament prizes and wide audience. Poker winners are determined by the combinations made by the cards and the rank as well. There are also several variations of poker. Some popular versions are: Texas Hold Em’, 5 Card draw, 7 Card Stud, or 5 Card Draw. These games vary in the number of cards dealt, the number shared, and the number of cards that stay hidden.

In the standard poker game a player will bet that the hand that they have will be the highest ranked. This bet will continue around the table clockwise with each player either betting or folding (throwing in or forfeiting their hand). If a player matches a bet they are able to increase the bet as well. If everyone but one player folds on any one round the remaining player collects the pot and has the option to show or conceal their hand. If more than one person remains in game, then the hands are revealed and the player with the highest rank will take the pot.

Poker is usually played with a standard 52 card deck, with aces being high, but in some cases low. Sometimes a joker or another wild card may be added into the game. A wildcard in a game introduces a five-of-a-kind hand, which normally would rank above a straight flush. When the deal starts, the dealer will deal out cards face down to the left until every person has five cards. The deck will then be placed in the middle of the table. Each player will then take a look at their cards and decide what to do. Be careful not to give off a sign that your hand is bad if it is. This is where the term “poker face” comes from. Keeping a straight forward face through game play is good way to bluff your opponents. There are many things that can happen during play. A player can fold, raise the bet, or even lose all their money. You never know what a player has in their hand. The player with the best ranked hand after play wins.

With all the variations of poker it is important to know your game. Getting mixed up with rules will not work in your favor. If you want to be a good player, practice without betting and get good at it first. Poker is a great game to play with family and friends as well. Using a bowl of potato chips, candy or chocolates as the pot and biding in that way makes safe and fun play. You can eventually become a pro at poker with time and practice. You will also want to work on your “poker face” so you can keep your cool when trying to bluff your opponents!

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