Poker is a card game where players make bets based on probability, psychology and game theory. The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards (although some games may use multiple packs or add wild cards). The cards are ranked from highest to lowest: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10; and suits: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. A winning hand contains five matching cards.

Before the deal, all players place a forced bet (usually an ante or blind). The dealer then shuffles the cards and deals each player five cards, face down. A series of betting rounds then takes place, with players betting based on their current hand and their expected win rate against the other players’.

In a two-pair hand, the higher pair wins. A flush is five consecutive cards of the same suit. A straight is five cards in sequence but of different suits. A three-of-a-kind is three cards of the same rank. A full house is a combination of a three-of-a-kind and a pair.

Keeping your opponents guessing is one of the most important parts of Poker strategy. If they always know what you have, your bluffs won’t work and your big hands will be punished. To avoid this, mix up your bets: call when you think you have a good hand, raise when you think you have a strong one and fold when you don’t. It’s also a good idea to be respectful towards your fellow players and refrain from discussing your hand or talking trash during play.