Poker is a card game in which players form hands based on the card rankings, and then compete to win the pot at the end of each betting round. The pot consists of the sum total of all bets made by all players. To win the pot you need to have a better hand than your opponents. There is a lot of skill in poker, but it also requires good money management skills and a keen understanding of the psychology of your opponent.

Each player buys in for a certain amount of chips. Typically, the white chip is worth the minimum ante or bet, and each color-coded chip represents different values. For example, a blue chip is usually worth 10, reds are worth five whites, and black chips are valued at 20 or 25 whites.

When the cards are dealt, there is a round of betting starting with the player to the left of the dealer. These are mandatory bets called blinds which give the other players an incentive to play. After the first round of betting, the flop is revealed and there is another round of betting.

Then, the fourth card is dealt face up – this is the turn. There is yet another round of betting and if the player has a strong hand they will probably call.

A great tip is to remember that your hand is only good or bad in relation to what the other players are holding. For example, if you have pocket kings and someone else has A-A the flop will usually spell doom for your pair of aces.