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The game of Poker is a gambling card game that involves betting and bluffing. It is a game of chance, but also requires skill and psychology. Players must keep records of their winnings and losses, and pay taxes on their gambling income. This is important because there is a substantial amount of money at stake in poker, and it is easy to become addicted.

The card game begins with a player making an initial bet (the amount varies by game, but is usually at least a nickel) to establish that he or she wishes to participate in the hand. Then cards are dealt, one at a time, each player receiving two face down and one face up (these are the “hole” cards). Each player then makes a decision to call or raise the bet in his or her turn.

If a player does not call a bet, he or she may draw replacement cards to improve his or her hand. The highest hand wins the pot.

There are a number of different poker hands, with the highest being a Royal Flush (A, K, Q, J, and 10 of the same suit); Straight Flush (five consecutive cards of the same suit); Four of a Kind (four matching cards); Full House (three of a kind and a pair); High Card (the highest unmatched card wins). Ties break according to the rules for that hand.