Poker is a card game in which players place bets into the pot in the middle of the table. The player with the highest hand wins the pot. A high hand is a five card combination where the rank of the cards and not their suit determines the winner. If two hands have the same card combinations but with different ranks of cards, then they are tied. If a player has no card at all, then they win nothing (they are not considered to have a high card).
Each hand begins with players putting in an amount of money into the pot, called the ante. When the betting begins, each player in turn must either call (put in the same amount as the last person), raise or fold their cards. They can raise or call based on the strength of their poker hand.
After the ante is placed and the dealer deals each player 2 personal cards, the dealer will deal three more cards face up on the board, these are called the flop. These are community cards that anyone can use to form a poker hand.
Once the flop is revealed and everyone has had a chance to bet on their poker hand, the dealer will then put one more card face up on the board that everyone can use, this is called the turn. After the flop and the turn are revealed, the betting resumes.
The player with the best poker hand wins the pot which contains all of the bets made during that particular hand. If no one has a winning poker hand, then the dealer wins the pot.
There are many different ways to play poker but the most common way is to start by putting in an ante, which is an amount of chips that all players must put into the pot before being dealt any cards. Once the antes are in, each player is dealt 5 cards. There are two main types of poker hands, a straight and a flush. A straight is any 5-cards that are consecutive in rank but not the same suits, and a flush is 5 cards of the same suit in a row.
Bluffing is a big part of poker but as a beginner it is best to stick with relative hand strength. You can practice bluffing in practice games and then once you have a solid understanding of how to make the most out of your relative hand strength, then you can begin to try a few bluffs in a real poker game. Generally, it is best to avoid bluffing too often as it can give away your strength. Nevertheless, it is still an important part of the game to learn. It can even be fun!