Poker is a card game in which players compete for the best hand. The game has numerous variants, each with a distinctive set of rules and strategies.

How to Play

Before each round of play, all players must ante (usually a small bet) into the pot. Then, the dealer deals two cards to each player and keeps them secret from other players.

Betting rounds happen at regular intervals, in which players can fold, call or raise. In some games, there are limits to the amount a player can raise; in other games the action is “capped” after three raises.


When the betting rounds come around, you can bluff by betting that you have a better hand than the others. If other players call, you win the pot. However, if they do not call, you lose the pot.

Studying other hands

If you are a beginner, it is a good idea to review previous hands and see how they played. This will give you an idea of the strategy that other players use, which can help you improve your own gameplay.


Every poker player has a tell, which is an unconscious habit that gives other players information about the player’s hand. These tells can be as simple as eye contact or as complex as gestures. Having a strong tell will enable you to play more confidently and win more often. You will also be able to identify weaker hands and avoid them, so you can make the most of your winnings.