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What is Bet in Poker Terms?

In poker, a ‘bet’ refers to a player’s voluntary wager of chips into the pot during a betting round.

In most standard poker games like Texas Hold’em, there are typically four betting rounds:

  • Preflop: Before any community cards are dealt, players are dealt their hole cards, and the first round of betting occurs starting with the player to the left of the big blind.
  • Flop: After the first three community cards are dealt face-up on the table, the second round of betting takes place, starting with the player to the left of the dealer button.
  • Turn: After the fourth community card is dealt, the third round of betting occurs, starting again with the player to the left of the dealer button.
  • River: After the fifth and final community card is dealt, the fourth and final round of betting takes place, once again starting with the player to the left of the dealer button.

During each betting round, players have the option to bet, raise, call, or fold. The betting action continues clockwise around the table until all active players have either matched the highest bet made or folded their hands. After the final betting round, if more than one player remains, a showdown occurs, where players reveal their hands to determine the winner.

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