How to Play Poker

Poker is a card game in which players bet against each other and place chips in the pot when it’s their turn. Generally, the highest hand wins. Poker is played with a standard 52-card pack plus jokers, although some games have more than one deck and special cards that are designated as wild (dueces, for example).

In general, when a player says “raise” they are adding money to the betting pool. If someone else raises your bet, you can choose to “call” (match their bet amount) or fold.

If you have a strong hand, bet aggressively to force weaker hands out of the pot. This will help you win more hands. If you are unsure of your hand, try to read other player’s tells by watching their eye movements and idiosyncrasies. If they call often, but make a large bet once in awhile, this may be a sign that they are holding a good hand.

A full house consists of 3 matching cards of one rank, plus 2 matching cards of another rank. A flush is 5 cards of consecutive ranks from more than one suit. A straight consists of five cards in order, but they can skip a rank (for example, 5-6-7-8-9).

Tie-breaker rules vary depending on the specific game and its rules. Some games have no tie-breakers, while others use specific rules such as high card or High Card by suit. Most games also have a special set of cards called the “bug” that can be used as wilds and to break ties on certain hands such as four of a kind or straights.