Poker is a card game in which players bet on the value of their hand (of five cards) against other players’ hands. The player with the highest hand wins the pot, which includes all the bets made in each round of betting. It’s a card game that requires the twin elements of luck and skill. Over time, the application of skill can eliminate much of the variance of luck.
A typical poker game begins with a bet, called either the blind or the ante, from each player. Then the players are dealt cards, which they keep hidden from other players. Each round of betting is called a “turn.” Then the fifth and final card is dealt face up, which ends the turn. A player can then “call” that bet, put in the same number of chips as the player to their left, raise that bet by raising it by a certain amount or drop (“fold”). If a player folds, they forfeit any chips they have already put into the pot and will no longer compete for the pot.
When you’re first starting out, it’s a good idea to start at low stakes games. This allows you to preserve your bankroll while learning the game. It also makes it easier to practice your strategy by talking through hands with friends and coaches, who can give you honest feedback on your play. Also, you’ll be able to get a feel for the game without risking as much money.