How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game with millions of fans and requires a high level of patience and the ability to read other players. It is also a game of math and logic. The best way to play poker is to practice and watch other players to develop quick instincts.

Each player is given chips to bet with. He or she is then dealt two cards, which form his or her “hand” and then five community cards are dealt (the “flop”). Each player aims to make the best 5-card hand using their own two cards and the community cards. The player with the highest hand wins the pot.

During the betting phase, each player must reveal their cards to the other players at the table. The player who starts this process, depending on the variant of poker being played, is called the dealer or button. If a player wishes to raise his or her stake, they must say “raise” and the other players can choose whether or not to call it.

The highest poker hand is a Royal flush, consisting of four matching cards of the same rank in a single suit. The second highest is a Straight flush, consisting of five consecutive cards of the same rank. The lowest poker hand is a pair, consisting of two matching cards of the same rank. When making a decision to bet, players should always have a reason for doing so; eg. are they raising for value or as a bluff?