How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game played by 2 or more players with cards and chips (money to bet). Each player has two cards they are dealt (“hole cards”) and five community cards. Players aim to make the best 5 card “hand” using a combination of their own 2 cards and the community cards. If you bet and all of your opponents fold, you win the pot/all the chips that have been bet so far. This is a game of incomplete information and requires good use of probability, psychology and game theory to achieve success.

You can raise the bet at any time, but it is important to remember that you must be able to cover your last bet if you do so. If you raise the bet and are unable to cover it, you must fold, losing all the money you have already invested in the hand.

In addition to raising the stakes, you can also add more chips to the betting pool by saying “raise.” Whenever a player raises a bet, the other players have the option of calling it or folding. When a player folds, they must turn their cards into the dealer face-down to avoid giving away any information about their hand. Poker is a very interesting game because there are many different tells that the other players can observe, including body language and facial expressions. Observing experienced players and learning how they react is the best way to develop your own instincts about how to play the game.