Often, you’ll hear that Poker is all about luck but the truth is there’s quite a bit of skill in it as well. The game requires a good understanding of odds and the ability to read players but it’s also important to improve your physical game to be able to handle long sessions. This includes building your endurance and stamina as well as practicing your mental game through analyzing your mistakes. You can also work on your position and studying your opponents by observing their actions and bet sizing.

An ante is a small bet all players are required to place before the hand starts. This helps increase the value of the pot right off the bat. You can say “open” if you want to raise the ante and continue betting in a clockwise direction until someone else opens up or everyone checks.

A high card is a single card that beats all other hands except for pairs. Pairs are formed when two cards of the same rank are in your hand, for example four aces and two nines. A straight is a consecutive line of cards in the same suit (clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades) and it beats all other hands except for a flush.

A royal flush is a full house of the highest ranking cards which include a ten, jack, queen and king of one suit. It can be beaten by four of a kind or five of a kind (five aces and a king beats five kings and a queen). If you have the ace of spades it is known as the bug and this card counts as the highest card in your hand.