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A Beginner’s Guide to Poker

A Beginner’s Guide to Poker


Poker is a card game in which players use cards and chips to try to make the best five-card hand. The highest hand wins.


In most games, each player starts the game with a ‘chip’ (which is usually a set amount of money), and a pack of cards. The dealer deals the cards one at a time face up, until a jack is dealt.

Then, each player has the choice of betting or not betting into the pot. The game continues in clockwise order.

Ante, All-in and Big Blind

In poker, there is a minimum amount of money that must be deposited before the cards are dealt. This is called the ante and is usually a small amount, such as a nickel, or it can be larger depending on the game.

All-in is when a player puts all of their chips into the pot. This is a very common move in poker, and it’s a great way to win a lot of money.

Blind: In some forms of poker, a player sitting two positions to the left of the dealer (or the person with the dealer button) must put money into the pot before the cards are dealt. This is called a blind and it is used to prevent anyone from making a large bet before the cards are dealt.


In poker, a tell is a person’s unconscious habits and behaviors that reveal information about their hand. It could be something as simple as a change in posture or as complex as a gesture.