How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game in which players place bets to form poker hands based on the ranking of the cards and compete to win the pot at the end of each betting round. The pot is the total of all bets made and can only be won by a player with a winning poker hand. Typically, the player with the highest rank of poker hands wins the pot.

When playing poker a player must always keep his good hand in play and make bets to protect it from weaker hands. To do this he must read his opponents. Observing subtle physical tells can be helpful, but a greater emphasis should be placed on patterns. A player who bets frequently and/or quickly may be bluffing. He also may be revealing his hand to other players by not showing it when he calls or raises.

After the first betting round is complete the dealer deals a third card face-up on the table that anyone can use, this is called the flop. After this the next betting round begins.

Once the final betting round is over the showdown happens. The players reveal their cards and the one with the best five poker hand wins the pot. The winning poker hands include the following: Royal flush, Straight flush, Four of a kind, Full house, Flush and High card (one pair with three distinct cards). In case of a tie for the highest poker hand, the highest poker card breaks the tie.