Poker is a card game played between two or more players. It is a game of chance, but also involves strategy and psychology. Top poker players make money by betting aggressively with their strong hands, building the pot and chasing off opponents with weaker ones.
The dealer deals two cards to each player. Everyone checks for blackjack, then betting begins. If your cards are low in value, you say hit, and if they are high, you stay. The dealer then gives you another card, and you can again decide to hit or stay.
After the first round of betting is over the dealer puts three community cards on the table which anyone can use, this is known as the flop. The best five poker hand is made up of your two personal cards and the community cards. A full house contains 3 matching cards of one rank, a flush is 5 cards in sequence but not all from the same suit and a straight is 5 consecutive ranks in different suits.
When playing poker, it is important to balance play and study. It is possible to learn a lot from watching other players, however you need to be sure to not let yourself get carried away with it or you will quickly burn out. It is also important to find a good poker room and try to avoid tables with too many strong players. This is because they will often take advantage of your mistakes and force you to pay for their over-plays.