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The rules of poker

There are many variations of poker, but the core rules remain unchanged in the most popular ones. To begin with, players make a deposit in the “bank”, and winning this bank is the key point in a game of poker. The dealer distributes cards among players. The cards in the player’s possession are called “the hand”.

The dealer is the most important position one can have in a game of poker. A dealer is a person who “manages” the game, dealing cards to the players. The cards are dealt clockwise, starting from the player sitting left of the dealer himself. The position of the dealer is often referred to as the “button” and is considered to be the most “beneficial” since its holder is often the last person to make a bet in the majority of variations of poker (including the most popular one – Texas Hold’em). 

After the cards are dealt, the betting rounds start, during which players have to make their bets. The betting rounds, similarly to the card distribution, are played clockwise. The winner is the player with the strongest hand, or the last man standing with his cards.

In Texas Hold’em, two cards are dealt with each player face-down. Up to five community cards can also be dealt. Community cards can be used by all players to form a combination of cards in order to gain the strongest hand. If two more winning players have the same hand, the bank is split among them. If there is an uneven chip left in the bank, the player with the strongest card in hand claims it.

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