Poker is a card game played by two or more players against one another. It is a game of chance, but skill can improve your chances of winning. There are many variations of the game, but all share certain fundamentals. These include betting, raising, folding and the use of cards ranked from high to low (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) and a fifth card called the high card, which breaks ties.
The dealer passes out the cards, and players may raise or fold their hands. In some games, there are also mandatory bets called blinds placed by the 2 players to the left of the dealer. These are put into the pot before any betting takes place, and are used to create a prize pool for players to compete over.
After each player receives their 2 hole cards, the next round of betting begins. You can bet by saying “raise,” meaning that you want to add more money into the pot than anyone else before you.
The high card, or “high card,” breaks ties, and the highest pair wins. Other combinations include the flush, straight, and three of a kind. A Royal Flush is the best hand possible, consisting of five consecutive cards of the same suit.