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Having a Poker Face

Having a Poker Face

Poker is a card game in which players wager money, either chips (representing money) or actual cash, against one another. The player with the highest hand wins the pot. If no player has a high hand, the pot is split evenly amongst the players.

A good poker player has a strong sense of what his opponents are doing and reacts quickly to their moves. This ability to assess a situation and take appropriate risks is also known as having a “poker face.” It is important for a player’s success to avoid being distracted by emotions like anger, fear or jealousy while playing poker.

During a hand of poker, each player is dealt four cards and bets in turn until the betting interval is over. The player to the left of the dealer has the first turn to place his bet. After the players have placed their bets, the cards are reshuffled and the player to the right of the dealer has the opportunity to cut.

The player with the highest pair, three of a kind or straight wins the hand. A pair consists of two matching cards of the same rank (e.g. two six’s). A full house consists of three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another. A flush consists of five consecutive cards of the same suit. A straight consists of five consecutive cards of different suits. A high card consists of the highest value card in the player’s hand.