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How to Play Online Poker

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Poker is a card game that’s played around the world. It is played with a standard 52-card deck and is usually played with plastic chips.

There are hundreds of different variations of the game. Each variant has its own rules and methods of dealing cards. The number of cards in the deck and how much is shared by all players are some factors that determine how the game is played. Typically, the deck is dealt clockwise around the poker table.

Before each hand is dealt, each player makes an ante. This small bet gives the pot a value right away. After the cards are revealed, players evaluate their hands and decide what to do. If the player has a pair, they can discard one or both of their cards. The player who has the best hand wins the pot.

Depending on the rules of the game, players may make several betting rounds. The bets are then accumulated into a pot at the end of each round. If there are two or more players left in the pot, a showdown is reached. The players reveal their cards and the winning hand is determined.

When playing no-limit, the player may wager the entire betting stack. If there are multiple players left in the pot, they may create a side pot. A side pot is created from money bets by remaining players.

In a draw game, each player gets five cards. They can then discard up to three. The best possible hand is a trip sevens.

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