Poker is a card game played between two or more players. Each player has a set of chips (representing money to be placed into the pot) that they place in the betting circle in turn. The goal is to make the best five-card hand using your own two cards and the community cards.

There are many variations of the game. Some games do not use the standard ranking of poker hands to determine who wins a round, while others split the pot between the highest and lowest hands. Some games also differ in how the cards are dealt, with some requiring that players discard and draw replacements.

Each player starts with 2 face up cards (“hole cards”). Then a single card is dealt to each player (called the “flop”). This starts another betting round. After the flop, one more card is dealt face up (the “river”). Each player can now try to make a winning hand with their own 2 cards and the 5 community cards.

In most games, the player with the best hand wins the pot. However, some players choose to play it safe and only bet when they have the strongest of hands, resulting in opponents making bluffs against them. This style of play can be beaten by players who study their opponents and learn to predict their actions accurately, using strategies based on probability and psychology.

When it is your turn to bet, you can say “raise” or just “raise.” This means that you want to add more money into the pot than the person before you did. Other players can then choose whether to call your raise or fold.