How to Play Poker in a Casino

How to Play Poker in a Casino
How to Play Poker in a Casino
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In poker, unless there are specific regional variations, there is an international standard, which stipulates the use of 52 playing cards, and in most of its many versions there are no jokers. 

  1. Players ante if required by the current game by placing some of their chips in a common central space known as the pot.
  2. The dealer deals the cards to the players.
  3. Players look at their cards and have the opportunity to increase their bet, increasing it with new chips to add to the pot. If the bet has been increased, all other players must match it or abandon the hand and fold, discarding their cards and abandoning the chips they previously paid.
  4. Players who have not folded are called active players. When all active players have contributed to matching the increased bet by paying the extra chips into the pot, they will have reached the end of the first betting round. 
  5. When the last betting round is over, all active players will show their cards and whoever has the best five-card hand will win the pot. However, if only one player remains active at a time, that player will automatically win the pot without necessarily having to show his cards.
  6. 6.The object of poker is to win money, and to do that you need to have the best five-card hand in the showdown. So one way to win for sure is to convince all the other players to fold, thus creating an opportunity to bluff. If everyone thinks you probably have a good hand when you raise the stakes, they may want to stop playing instead of adding chips to a pot they are likely to lose. If all your opponents fold, you will automatically win, even though your hand may be much worse than the others.
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The value of poker hands

You should always know what hands others are playing. A poker hand always consists of five cards, although in some variations there may be more than five cards to choose the best one possible, but in this case any unused cards will be irrelevant for comparison purposes.

In standard and no KYC poker, with the exception of some regional variations, the card values from highest to lowest are as follows:

  • Straight Flush: Five consecutive cards of the same suit. The ace may be counted high to produce the highest type of royal flush. 
  • Poker: Four cards of the same rank and another card. 
  • Full House: Three cards of the same rank plus a pair of cards of another rank. 
  • Flush: A straight made up of five cards of the same suit. 
  • Straight : Five cards in a row, not all of the same suit. 
  • Trio : Three cards of the same rank and two cards of different ranks.
  • Two Pair : Two cards of the same rank, two cards of the second rank and a card of the third rank.
  • Pair : Two cards of the same rank and three cards of different ranks. 
  • High card or nothing : A hand that does not fall into the above categories may be considered due to the presence of the highest card (high card) or sometimes nothing (no pair), i.e. five cards of different rank with none of these in sequence.

Any hand of a higher type is superior to any hand of a lower type. When comparing two hands of the same type, the ranking is determined by the value of the individual cards.  Note that in standard poker, all four suits are the same and hands are made up of only five cards. Therefore, if two players end up with five of a kind and differ only in color, there will be a tie and they will have to split the winnings.

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