Poker is a card game that involves betting and requires a certain amount of skill. It became a hit in the Wild West and is now one of the most popular games worldwide. Whether you’re playing at home with friends or online, poker is a great way to relax and have some fun.

In the modern game of poker, you are dealt five cards each and bet on your hand. The highest hand wins the pot. The lowest hand is a straight (three consecutive cards of the same suit, such as clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades) or a flush (two matching pairs and an ace). You can also make three of a kind (3 of the same rank but different suits), two pair, or a high card.

Betting is done in a round and each player must call, raise or fold in turn. If you have a strong hand, raising can help increase the value of your hand and force weak hands out of the pot.

A good poker player will be able to look beyond their own cards and think about what other players have. This is called ‘reading’ and it’s an important part of the game. This doesn’t just mean looking at subtle physical poker tells, such as scratching your nose or playing nervously with your chips, but it is more about patterns of behavior. If a player tends to fold when they are under pressure, you can guess that they have a weak hand.