Poker is a card game with betting rounds that combine elements of chance, psychology, and strategy. Players can check (passing on putting chips into the pot), call (matching the previous player’s bet), or raise (betting more chips). When players reveal their hands after each round of betting, the best Poker hand takes the pot.

To play, players must buy in by contributing a set number of low-denomination poker chips to the table. Usually, a white chip is worth the minimum ante or bet; a red chip is worth five whites; and a blue chip is worth 10 whites. Players may also bet or raise with other colored chips.

Players are dealt two cards each. They then build a poker hand of five cards from these and the community cards on the table. The value of a poker hand is in inverse proportion to its frequency, with rarer combinations earning higher ranks.

Poker is played with a minimum of seven players and a maximum of nine. Players must have at least a pair of aces or kings to continue betting, while weaker hands are forced to fold. A good poker game is fast-paced, and a successful player must be able to read the other players at the table to make smart decisions about when to call or raise. This includes understanding the tells of other players – their eye movements, body language, and idiosyncrasies. The more you practice and watch other players, the better your instincts will become.