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How to Play Poker

Poker is a game of chance. The objective is to beat your opponents by making the best possible hand. It can be played with any number of players. A typical poker hand consists of five cards.

Some games allow a Wild Card to be added to a hand. A wild card can take any suit. This makes a five of a kind the highest possible hand.

Most games use chips. They are usually green or blue.

Before the cards are dealt, each player is required to make an ante. An ante is a small amount of cash which the player must contribute to the pot.

The first card is dealt face-up. Next, the player to the left of the big blind is dealt a card. Depending on the rules of the game, this may be a raise or a check.

If the hand is a pair, it means that the two cards are of equal rank. To determine which pair is better, the player should compare the second card of each pair.

If there are more pairs that are of equal rank, a higher card is chosen. The winner is the player with the higher card.

To win the pot, the best hand is the one that combines the highest card with the lowest flush. A five of a kind can beat a straight flush. In the case of a tie, the high card is used to break the tie.