Poker is a card game played by two or more players on a table. The object of the game is to win a pot (the sum of all bets made in one deal) by having the highest-ranking poker hand. The game can be played with 2 to 14 players; however, it is most commonly played with 6 or 8 players. The game is played with a standard deck of cards and betting money called chips.

Each player starts with a set number of chips, usually 200 chips of the lowest value. The players then “buy in” by placing these chips into the pot, where they are used to represent their ante and/or bets. The first player to the left of the button makes the initial bet by putting chips into the pot equal to or greater than the amount placed in by the player to his/her left. Each player in turn must either call the bet or raise it.

After a few rounds of betting, the players’ hands are revealed and the winner of the pot is declared. The cards may be dealt face-up or face down, depending on the variant of the game being played.

To improve your chances of winning, you should aim to make quick instinctive decisions rather than relying on complicated systems. To develop these instincts, practice and observe experienced players to understand how they react in certain situations. This will help you to build your own Poker strategy.