Poker is a card game where players compete to win money. There are many different variations of poker but they all share some similar rules and strategies.

The basic rules are:

Cards are dealt and bets are made between the dealers and players. There are several betting intervals in a deal and each player must place the number of chips (representing money) to make their total contribution to the pot at least equal to the amount of the previous bet.

Players must make their first bets and raises before the flop, turn, or river. The player to the left of the dealer and any other players with the “dealer button” are the first to put money into the pot.

The first person to call, or match, the last bet or raise is called a “caller.” This is the most common way for beginners to play the game because it is easy to learn and gives them an opportunity to win.

You can also call if you have a good hand and want to make sure that the other players see the flop. This is especially important when you have a strong hand like a pair of kings or a flush, and you don’t have any other strong hands in the pot.

When you’re playing poker, it is important to develop quick instincts and be able to think quickly about what you have in your hand. This is because poker games are constantly changing and you need to be able to react quickly to a new situation.