The Basics of Poker

Poker is a card game in which players place chips into a pot to form their strongest five-card hand. There are many different types of hands, but the highest is a royal flush (Ace high, K-Q-J-T).

Each player has a set amount of chips they must put into the pot to stay in the hand. Each time a player places a bet, players to their left may “call” that bet by putting the same number of chips into the pot or they can “raise” the bet. If they choose to raise the bet then they must continue placing chips into the pot until they decide to drop their hand.

The dealer then deals three cards face-up to the table that everyone can use to form a poker hand. This is called the flop.

Once the betting round is complete, the dealer puts a fourth card on the table that everyone can use. The highest poker hand wins.

If you’re in EP then you should play very tight and only open with strong hands. If you’re in MP then you can loosen up a bit but should still play strong hands. If you’re on the button then you should have a decent range and bet with any strong hand. Position is important in poker as it gives you more information about your opponents’ cards than anyone else. It also allows you to make simple, cheap and effective bluffs. This is a great way to win more hands!