Poker is a card game that involves betting and can involve a lot of luck. It is often played with a group of people who all know the rules and strategy. If you want to play the game, read books on it or get a group together and start playing with them.

The game starts with each player putting a small amount of money into the pot before they are dealt their cards. These are called ante bets or blind bets. Depending on the game, some players may be required to put in a mandatory number of chips each round before they can act. These bets are known as blind bets and can replace the ante or be in addition to it.

When the betting begins, a player can call a bet by putting in the same number of chips as the previous player; raise (bet more than the previous player); or fold their hand and walk away. When a player folds, they give up all the money that they have paid into the pot for this round and drop out of any side pots as well.

Aside from the betting, one of the most interesting things about poker is watching the other players and looking for tells. A tell is an unconscious habit or behavior that can reveal information about a player’s hand. These can include anything from a change in posture to body language or gestures. Tells can be very valuable for a player and help them decide whether to call a bet or raise it.