Poker is a card game that has a high degree of chance but also requires some strategic decision making and knowledge of probability, psychology, and game theory. It can be played in a variety of ways, and the rules vary from one venue to another. In general, the game involves betting by players who put in money into a pot before being dealt cards. This initial investment is called a blind bet, an ante, or bring-ins. After the cards are dealt, the players make bets with their hands. The player with the highest hand wins the game. In some games, players can choose to check (pass on their turn to bet) when they do not want to play a hand or think their opponent is bluffing.

The earliest poker games were probably variants of the 16th century German game pochen, and later, the 17th century French game poque. Both these games were adapted by riverboat gamblers on the Mississippi in America, which led to a global game of poker that is enjoyed today.

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