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Game of Poker

Poker is the world’s most popular card game and one of the most popular sports in the world. More than 100 million people worldwide enjoy playing poker on a regular basis.

Poker combines skill, strategy and luck with psychological elements. With poker, you don’t play just your cards, you also analyze and react to your opponents. Poker is a sport that’s very social and human in essence.

How It’s Played

Poker is mostly played from a standard pack of 52 cards. The cards are ranked from high to low: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. There are four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs); however, no suit is higher than another. All poker hands contain five cards, the highest hand wins.

As in every card game where players get cards from a shuffled deck of cards, there is of course luck involved in poker. But in the long run, the luck in poker equals itself out – if you play 1,000 hands, luck will play a much smaller role than it plays in a single hand.

In the long run, the strategic aspects of poker prevail:

  • Which card combinations should you play with?
  • How much should you bet?
  • When should you fold a hand?
  • When should you bluff – and when is your opponent bluffing?

Poker Variants

There are many different variants of poker including ‘Five Card Draw’, ‘Omaha’ or ‘Texas Hold’em’.