Poker is a card game in which players wager chips (representing money) to win a pot. There are many different poker variants and the rules vary slightly between them, but all involve betting rounds with some form of showdown where the player with the best hand wins the pot. During the betting rounds, cards may be added or replaced in the players’ hands and all bets go into a central pot.

The game of poker is typically played with a fixed number of players, though there are exceptions. Depending on the variant, one player is designated as “dealer,” who shuffles and cuts the deck before dealing each player two cards face-down. The dealer then deals each player one additional card, beginning with the player on their left. This is called the “flop.”

If you have pocket kings and the flop comes A-8-5 it’s not necessarily game over but there is a very good chance your opponent has a strong hand. Unless you’re on the button and have position in the hand it’s generally smart to fold after an ace is dealt.

When you’re in the hand, it’s important to pay attention to what other players are doing. It’s common for new players to feel timid about playing trashy hands and it’s almost always a bad idea to call street after street of action with weak hands. There are limits, of course, but the reality is that a strong bluff can turn a trashy hand into a monster on the flop.

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