Poker is a card game played between a number of players. Each player must place a small amount of money (representing chips, for which the game is almost invariably played) into a pot at the beginning of the hand and may contribute to subsequent betting intervals as well. The player with the highest-ranking poker hand at the end of a betting round wins the pot. There are several different variants of poker, with the most common being Texas hold’em.

Poker rules differ slightly between games but the basic principles are the same. Players must ante a set amount of money before being dealt cards and then place bets into the pot during a series of betting rounds, with the player who has the best poker hand winning the pot.

Before the cards are dealt, each player must ‘ante’ a small amount of money into the pot, usually a nickel or quarter. Then the dealer shuffles the deck and deals cards to each player, starting with the player on the chair to his or her left. The player on the right of each seat then cuts the deck, and so on.

When betting comes around to you, say “I call” if you want to make a bet equal to the last bet. You should also say “I raise” if you want to raise the current bet. Observe the way your opponent’s hands move as this is often an indicator of their poker tell. The reliability of this type of tell varies, however.