Learn the Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game where players compete to make the best 5-card hand. The player with the best hand wins the pot, which is composed of all bets made during the round. Each player starts the round by putting some chips into the pot. They can then say “call” (match the bet of the person to their left) or “raise.” If a player doesn’t want to call a raise they can also fold, which forfeits any winnings for that hand.

During the first betting phase, called the Flop, three community cards are dealt face up on the table. These can be used by all players. After the flop betting phase is completed another community card is revealed, called the River. The final betting round is the Showdown, where the player with the best 5-card hand wins the pot.

When learning poker, it’s important to play a tight style of poker in order to maximize your chances of winning. This means playing very few hands and opening your bets only with strong ones. This way you will win against your opponents’ range of hands in the long run.

It’s also important to learn how to read your opponent’s range of hands. This will help you know when to raise and when to fold. Over time you’ll develop a feel for reading your opponent’s range and this will become more automatic when making decisions.