Poker is a game of cards and money. It involves betting in one round and raising and re-raising during the hand. It is a card game that requires reading your opponents and intimidating them in addition to understanding the rules of the game.
The first step in learning poker is to get a grasp of the betting structure. Each player is required to put in a small blind and a big blind before seeing their cards, which creates a pot immediately and encourages competition. It is also helpful to study a chart that shows what hands beat what (flush, straight, three of a kind etc).
Once the players have seen their cards it is time for them to act. The player to the left of the dealer acts first and begins revealing their cards. They have to reveal at least a pair of the same rank or higher to beat the high card in the middle, which is known as the kill card. If the player reveals the kill card, they must fold and forfeit any chance of winning that round.
Once the players have all acted on their turn they then begin the next round of betting. The player to the left of the dealer starts by putting in a bet and the other players can choose to Call that bet, Raise it, or drop out of the betting loop by folding their hand. The player who raises the most during this phase is considered to be in the pot and their bet size is usually the biggest determinant of the outcome of that round.