Poker is a card game that involves betting and requires skill and psychology to play well. While it is a gambling game that includes some element of chance, over the long-run, skill (and not luck) is what leads to players making money at the poker table.
At the beginning of each hand, all players put a small amount of money into the pot called an “ante.” Then the dealer deals each player five cards face-down. Each player can then choose to bet a certain amount by saying “call,” which means they will put the same number of chips into the pot as the person before them, or they can say “raise” and put in more money than the previous player. They can also say “fold” to get out of the hand, but if they do this they will not be dealt another hand until the next hand is played.
After the betting is done, each player will reveal their cards and the player with the highest ranking hand wins the pot. The winner may also choose to bet one final time on the river (the fifth card), which will allow other players to call or raise.
There are many different strategies in poker, and it is important to learn how to read the players at the table. It is also a good idea to watch experienced players to see how they play and react, as this will help you develop your own instincts and strategy.