Poker is a card game in which players compete with each other for a pot of money. The game is played with a standard 52-card deck. Each player places an ante (amount varies) to get dealt cards, then place bets into the pot during each round of betting. The highest hand wins the pot.

When betting comes around to you, you may call, fold, or raise the amount of the last bet made. Occasionally you may choose to place all of your remaining chips into the pot, this is called going all-in.

The best hands are a royal flush, which contains four matching cards of the same rank, and a straight, which is five consecutive cards of the same rank in one suit. Other good hands include a full house, which is three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another, or a pair, which is two identical cards.

The key to winning poker is knowing how strong your opponents’ hands are. This requires paying attention to their body language, and learning how to read their tells. By doing this, you can determine how aggressive or conservative they are in their play and make informed decisions about when to bluff and when to just call. Keeping track of the odds of getting the card you need is also important.