Poker is a game of chance and skill where players try to create the best poker hand possible. The winning hand is determined by the player who can make the highest combination of their two cards and the five community cards that are dealt to them.

The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Some games add a few extra cards called jokers, and the cards are ranked from high to low (ace can be low or high).

Each player is dealt two cards, one face up and the other facing down. They then get a chance to bet or raise in order to reveal their hands and determine the winner of the pot.

Betting rounds occur in rotation around the table, until all players have a chance to bet or raise. Once betting is over the cards are exposed and the player with the highest ranked hand wins the pot.

When it’s your turn to bet, say “call” when you want to make a bet equal to the last person’s bet or raise. This will give you a better chance of controlling the size of the pot.

Position is important in poker because it gives you the information you need to bluff. Acting first can give you the advantage of a cheap bluff and more re-raise opportunities.

You also want to make sure that you don’t act out of turn – doing so can slow the game down and give you an edge over your opponents. You can avoid this by being attentive to what’s going on on the table.