Poker is a card game played by a group of players around a table. The objective is to win the pot which is the sum of all bets placed during a deal. The poker pot may be won by having the highest ranking hand or betting in a way that no one calls. The game can be played with any number of players but the ideal number is six or more. The game is typically played with chips which are assigned values prior to the start of the game and exchanged for cash during a deal.

When playing poker you will need to learn how to read other player’s tells. This is done by studying their body language, idiosyncrasies and betting behavior. For example, a player who frequently calls but then suddenly raises their bet may be holding an incredible hand.

During the first betting round, called the flop, the dealer deals three cards face up on the table. These are community cards that anyone can use. The players then have to decide whether they want to call or raise their bets.

There are many different types of poker hands, but the most common are one pair (two matching cards), two pairs and a straight. A straight is a five-card sequence of cards in consecutive order, regardless of suit. Ties are broken by the highest single card (highest unmatched cards) or secondary pairs (three of a kind and a pair). The player with the highest combination wins.