Whether you are just learning how to play poker or you are an expert, it is important to know the rules. Not only will it help you win more, it will also help you understand the atmosphere at the table.

The first rule of poker is to treat other people with respect. It is also important to avoid talking while not in a hand. This can distract other players and give away information.

Generally, you should only bet into the pot if you are trying to bluff the other players. You should never reveal what you hold until it is your turn.

Most poker games involve one or more rounds of betting. The first round of betting starts with the person to the left of the button, who posts the small blind.

After the flop is dealt, the next round of betting starts with the two remaining players. Each player then has the option of discarding up to three cards. The player with the best hand wins the pot. Usually, betting is done in a clockwise order.

If there is more than one player left at the table, a showdown takes place. Usually, a straight or five-card hand is used as the final showdown. If there are two straights of the same value, the pot will be split.

When playing poker, you should only raise the pot if you are making the best possible hand. It is important to keep in mind that betting right away will make other players fold.