Poker is a card game of chance with a lot of skill and psychology. It is a game where it is important to read players and understand how to make your opponents fold their hands.
The game involves a player receiving two cards face down and then betting on them in one round with raising and re-raising allowed. The best five-card hand wins the pot. The game has many variations, some involving fewer than five cards.
A good way to get started in poker is by playing with a group of friends. This will allow you to learn the game at your own pace, practice with people who are familiar with the rules, and have fun.
When it is your turn to act you can choose to match or raise the last bet or even call a bet if you believe you have a decent hand. Saying “call” means you want to bet the same amount as the person before you. Some players are very conservative and will only bet high if they believe their hand is strong, while others are more aggressive and will try to bluff you into folding your weaker hands.
A flush is any five consecutive cards of the same suit. A full house is three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank. A straight is five consecutive cards of different ranks but the same suits. The highest card breaks ties.