Poker is a card game where players make bets against each other. The highest-ranked hand wins the pot/all bets. During the betting rounds, each player’s cards are hidden from the other players. This allows players to bluff by pretending that they have a high-ranked hand.

If a player is unwilling or unable to meet the last raise, they may “fold” and drop out of the game (leaving the original pot for someone else to win). They will lose their stake but will not have to make any further bets.

Players can also choose to raise a bet, or simply call it. This means that they are raising the amount of money they have already put into the pot. If they raise their stake, they will need to have enough to match the total raised by the last person and possibly to make a profit over their initial investment.

A good poker player learns to read other players. They pay attention to the other player’s body language and betting behavior. If a player calls a lot, but then makes an extremely large bet at the end of the round, they might be holding a very strong hand. In this case, they will probably be attempting to bluff their opponents into folding by pretending that they have a weaker hand than they actually do. In this way, they try to steal a pot from their opponents.