Poker is a game where players compete against each other to win money. Each player has a hand consisting of five cards. The highest hand wins. There are four basic rules in poker. First, every player must ante, which can be different for different games. Second, they must place their bets into the pot located in the middle of the table. Third, they must make decisions on what cards to play. The highest hand wins the pot. Players then advance clockwise in the game, until the dealer folds or calls out.

The dealer position, or “the button”, is the most favorable position in poker. In this position, the dealer is the last player to make a decision, and gets to act last after everyone else has decided. An exception to this rule is the first betting round. Players must announce their decision before seeing the cards they have in their hands, and if they are unhappy with the dealer’s decision, they must complain to the other players.

Next, players must make a decision on whether to call, raise, or fold. In some cases, players may raise or call their opponents’ bets. This is called “raising” or “folding” depending on the strength of their hand.