Poker is a card game that involves betting. Players ante something (the amount varies by game, in ours it’s usually a nickel) to be dealt cards and then place bets into the middle of the table called the pot. The highest hand wins the pot at the end of each round.

Players can fold, call or raise their bets. The higher the bet, the more likely they are to make a good hand. The higher their hand, the more money they will win if they are lucky enough to hit the right cards on the flop, turn or river.

The best hands in poker are two pairs, three of a kind or a straight. A pair is formed by having two matching cards of one rank and two unmatched cards. A three of a kind is made up of three cards of the same rank. A straight is five consecutive cards of the same suit.

You can study your opponents by looking for tells. These tells are based on the way a player holds his or her chips, the way they move around the table and the expression on their face. But the reliability of these tells varies and it’s not always possible to read someone.