Poker is a card game played between two or more players and governed by a set of rules. Each player makes forced bets, either an ante or a blind bet (or both), before a hand is dealt. Once the cards are shuffled and cut, the dealer deals them one at a time to each player in turn. After the initial deal, a series of betting rounds commences. The winning hands are Royal Flush (A, K, Q, J, 10 of the same suit); Straight Flush (five consecutive cards in a sequence); Four of a Kind (four cards of the same number/picture); Pair (two distinct pairs); High Card (breaks ties when nobody else has a higher hand).
During a betting round, you can say “raise” to add money to the pot if you wish. The other players can choose to call your bet or fold their hands.
To become a good poker player, you should learn to read other players’ tells. This includes nervous habits like fiddling with chips or wearing a ring and nonverbal cues such as body language, facial expressions, and speech patterns. You should also practice and watch experienced players to develop quick instincts.