The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game played by two or more people around a table. The game has different variants, but the basic rules are the same: Each player is dealt five cards from a deck and the best hand wins the pot.

The game begins with an ante (a small amount of money) to get started and betting rounds take place in clockwise order, until someone folds. The last round is a showdown in which the players reveal their hidden cards and decide the winner.

Some of the most common winning hands in poker are: Royal Flush – Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten, all from the same suit. Straight – Five consecutive cards of the same rank; four-of-a-kind – Pair of aces or higher.

It’s important to remember that you don’t always need the best hand to win, but it’s still important to bet with a good bluff. This helps you to suck out weaker players, forcing them to fold or call your bet and raising the pot.

When it’s your turn to act, you’ll have more information than your opponents. This will help you make better value bets and bluff more effectively, especially when you’re acting last.