Poker is a card game that involves betting & has a significant amount of skill when playing with other players. A player’s chances of winning are determined by the combination of their own two cards & the 5 community cards that are dealt to the table. There are many different variations of the game of poker, but most involve a fixed number of bets (representing money) being placed into a pot by each player on every deal.

After a small blind & a big blind are posted the dealer shuffles and deals two cards to each player. Then a betting round begins based on the assumption that each player has a good poker hand.

Once all the bets are made a third card is put on the table that everyone can use (this is called the flop). This is followed by another betting round.

Four of a kind is any four cards of the same rank. Straight is five cards in consecutive order of the same suit, but can be mixed (for example J-8-5-3-2 of spades). Flush is any five cards of the same suits (no wild cards). High card breaks ties.

Position is important in Poker because it gives you more information and control over the size of the pot. If you are in early position a lot of players will try to take advantage of your situation and bet aggressively. This can ruin your poker hand if you do not have the strength to call. It is best to play in late position if you can so that your opponents will be forced to make large bets to call your weak hands, and you can control the size of the pot.