The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game in which players place chips into the pot when it’s their turn. Then they say “call” to add more money to the betting pool or “raise” if they want to raise the amount of money in the pot. When it’s their opponent’s turn, they can either call or fold (which means to throw the cards back into the dealer).

Once everyone has 2 hole cards the dealer deals 3 more cards face up on the table called the flop. These are community cards that everyone can use in their poker hand. There’s another round of betting after this happens. It’s important to pay attention to your opponent’s behavior in this stage of the hand. This will give you clues on what type of cards they are playing.

After all the betting is done a final round of betting takes place and then all players reveal their hands. The player with the best poker hand wins the pot. If there’s a tie between players the pot is shared.

One of the biggest mistakes poker beginners make is being too passive with their draws. A good poker player is aggressive with their draws. They will try to force their opponent into calling them when they’re holding a high pair or a straight. This will increase their chances of making a great poker hand by the river.