Poker is a card game in which players compete to form the best possible hand based on the rank of their cards, with the player holding the highest-ranking hand winning the pot at the end of each betting round. The game is a mix of luck and skill, as well as psychology and game theory.

In addition to understanding basic game strategy, it is important to classify your opponents into one of the 4 player types (LAG, TAG, LP Fish and super tight Nits). By doing this you will be able to target specific tendencies in their play & exploit them.

To begin the game, each player must place an ante into the pot. This is done by placing chips in front of them, symbolizing the money that they are putting into the game. Once everyone has placed their antes, the dealer then deals each player 5 cards. Once all the cards are dealt, the betting phase begins.

The player with the best 5-card hand wins the pot. Sometimes, there will be a tie between hands, in which case the pot is shared amongst those who have it.

When it is your turn, you can either check (checking means that you match the bet of the person before you), raise (raising is raising the amount that you want to bet) or fold. It is always good to mix up your actions & try different things out at the table, so that you can keep your opponents guessing about what you have!