Poker is a card game played by two or more players. There are many variations of the game but all involve betting on cards and chips. The player with the highest ranked hand wins the “pot,” which is all of the money that has been bet on that hand. Players can also win by bluffing, making other players think that they have a good hand when they don’t.

When a hand is dealt, the first of what may be several rounds of betting begins. Players can choose to check, meaning that they are passing on putting any chips into the pot; or they can raise, which means that they put more than the previous player’s bet into the pot. The other players can then choose to call (match the raise) or fold their hand.

The dealer shuffles the cards and then deals them to each player one at a time, beginning with the player on the left of the dealer. The cards can be dealt either face up or face down depending on the variation of Poker being played. Some games include a special fund called a “kitty,” which is built up by all players “cutting” one low-denomination chip from each pot in which they have raised. The kitty belongs to all players and can be used to pay for new decks of cards or food and drinks for the players.

Practice and watch experienced players to develop your instincts. You can even try to read their faces and body language to pick up on the signals that they’re sending out.