Poker is a card game that involves betting and requires some degree of skill. It can be played by 2 or more players. The object of the game is to win a pot (the sum of bets placed by all active players) by making the highest hand. Before the cards are dealt there is an initial contribution to the pot, called an ante. When betting comes around to you, you can choose to raise the ante, call or fold. Players that raise the ante are known as raising players and the player who calls is called a calling player.

After the antes are placed the dealer deals three cards face up on the table that anyone can use to make a poker hand. These cards are called community cards and the best poker hands contain five cards.

The highest ranking card is the ace, followed by the queen, king and jack, then the twos, threes, fours and fives. The jack of diamonds, king of hearts and jack of spades are wild cards and can take on whatever suit the player wants them to be. Sometimes the game also uses jokers or designates other cards as wild cards (deuces, one-eyed jacks etc).

After the flop has been revealed there is another betting round. If you have a good hand after the flop then it is important to keep betting in order to force weaker hands out of the game. After the final betting round is over the players reveal their hands and the winner takes the pot.