The game of poker involves the use of a number of cards: hole cards and community cards. Among these, the best hand in poker is a straight, which is composed of three cards of the same suit. Another important hand is a backdoor flush, which is achieved by hitting all the required cards on the turn and river.

While the hands of players are not predictable in their own right, some hands tend to win more than others. One example is when a player has pocket fives, but flops a pair of aces. This hand conceals the strength of the player’s hand, so most people will not be able to place the player on the hand.

The term ‘call’ in poker refers to placing a wager equal to the previous raise or bet. If, for example, someone on your right raised to $10, you would call. This would place $10 in cash or chips in the pot. Then, you could fold or cash out at any point during the hand.

The game is played with poker chips, and most games require a round table and chairs. Normally, there are seven or nine players. The objective is to collect chips from your opponents, while avoiding losing them. To win the game, you should know how to read your opponents, predict their actions and keep a cool demeanor while bluffing.