Poker is a card game that can be played between two or more players and involves betting. There are many different types of poker, but most involve a high level of skill and strategy to win. The objective is to have the highest ranked hand of cards at the end of a round of betting. The player with the highest ranked hand wins the “pot,” which is all of the money bet during that particular round.

The game begins with 2 players putting in mandatory bets called blinds into the pot, which are put down before any cards are dealt. Players can then choose to raise the bet by putting chips into the pot that their opponents must match. They can also fold, which means they give up their cards and forfeit the hand.

Once all players have their 2 hole cards, the first round of betting starts. The player on the left of the dealer has the option to open betting, which means they put in a bet before anyone else. Players can also call (which means they will match the raise) or fold.

It is important to learn how to read other players in Poker, including their eye movements, idiosyncrasies, betting behavior and hand gestures. Knowing what to look for can help you decide whether a player is bluffing or not. Ideally, you should be able to pick up on subtle tells and make your decision about how much to raise based on those factors.