Poker is a game of chance, but it also requires skill and knowledge. Players must learn to read the game and their opponents, understand risk-vs-reward and know when to bet. They must also have the discipline to stick with a solid game plan, even when things aren’t going well. They must also commit to smart game selection, which means not just choosing a fun game – but one that is profitable for their bankroll.

When each player has 2 hole cards there is a round of betting (this is called the pre-flop). After this 1 more card is dealt face up and this is known as the flop. Another round of betting begins, this time starting with the player to the left of the dealer.

The aim of the hand is to win the pot which is all the money that has been bet during that hand. A player can win the pot by having the highest ranked hand of the remaining players when the hands are shown, or by continuing to bet that their hand is the best until other players drop out.

During gameplay it is important that players maintain proper etiquette by spreading their bets out and not touching the chips in the pot. If a player splashes the pot when they bet or raises, the poker dealer should immediately warn them and/or call over a floor man to resolve the issue. Poker dealers should also be transparent with their chip manipulation – always be open about how they are handling their chips and never hide anything that could be perceived as suspicious.