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The Basics of Poker

Poker is a game of chance, and has been played for centuries. It is a popular recreational activity, especially in the U.S. There are over 60 million poker players in the country.

Poker is also played online. The games can be played with any number of players. However, a minimum ante is required to play. This is usually between $1 and $5.

A standard pack of 52 cards is used for the game. Some games use Wild Cards. These are special cards that can be shuffled and turned into any suit.

Five cards are dealt to each player. The highest hand wins. For example, the lowest possible hand is 6-4-3-2-A. If two or more players have the same high card, the second pair wins.

Players can bluff by betting that they have the best hand. In addition, they can choose to fold, which is a bet they do not wish to make. They may also check, which means they do not make a bet, but show their cards.

In each round of the game, players must bet. Betting is done in clockwise order. Before each betting interval, a player may choose to raise, fold or check. After each round of betting, a player can discard his or her hand.

At the end of each round, a central pot is formed. The pot is the aggregate of all the bets made by all players during the round. When no other player calls the bet, the pot is won.