Poker is a game of cards where you compete with other players for the best hand. There are a lot of different strategies you can use to improve your poker play, and a good player is constantly looking at their style of play and making adjustments. Often times, you will want to read books or even have discussions with other players in order to get an objective look at your strategy and see how you can make improvements.

When it’s your turn, you can say “call” or simply place your chips or cash in the pot to match the bet of the last player. Generally, you should raise the bet amount by at least $1 or the agreed minimum increase. If you do not raise, you will be forced to fold your hand.

The best five-card hand wins the pot, but sometimes hands can tie (five aces beats five kings, etc). This is called a split pot and is paid out to each player with a high enough five-card hand to qualify for the side pot.

A full house contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank. A flush is any 5 cards that skip in rank or sequence but are all of the same suit. A straight is any five consecutive cards of the same suit. The highest card breaks ties.