The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game played by two or more players. It is usually played with a standard 52 card deck, although it can be played with one or more jokers/wild cards. Depending on the rules, a player or players may have to place an initial amount of money into the pot before the cards are dealt. This is called an ante, blind or bring-in.

After the antes and blinds have been placed, each player gets 2 cards face down. Then they can decide to fold, call or raise. This is because they have information about their opponents which can help them make decisions. For example, if you know someone is a good player and they raise often, then you can make more aggressive calls.

When you say “call” you’re saying that you want to put the same amount of money into the pot as the person to your left. You can also say “raise” if you think your hand is strong and you want to increase the amount that you’re betting.

After everyone has raised their bets, the dealer puts a fifth card on the table which everyone can use. Then the players show their hands and the player with the highest ranked hand wins the pot (all of the money that has been bet). If no one has a high enough hand, then the remaining players share the pot. You can also win a hand by making a bluff and getting other people to fold.