Poker is a card game where players compete against each other by betting their chips. Typically, players will place their chips in the pot when they believe they are the highest hand, but if one of their opponents raises, they must fold. Poker chips come in a variety of colors, such as red, black, green, and blue. Before the game begins, the dealer will assign each chip a value.

The term balancing your range refers to making the proper mix of value hands and bluffs. The idea is to find the right balance of hands for a certain situation, and it is often wrapped up in discussions of GTO and indifference points. For example, if you are holding pocket Jacks, you may decide to go all-in on the river. This will give your opponent the 2:1 he would get if he called you. Additionally, if you were to call, your opponent would not add more hero calls to his hand, meaning he would fold.

A straight flush is one of the best natural hands in poker. This hand consists of five cards of the same suit and the ace can be high or low, depending on the suit. A straight flush can also be high or low, but it cannot wrap around a pair of kings or queens. If the ace is high, this hand is known as a Royal Flush.