Poker is a card game that mixes a bit of luck and a lot of psychology and skill. The game is a betting game where the ability to read your opponents and bluff are essential skills. It can also be a very social activity, with players chatting and joking in between rounds.
The game is usually played by a group of people around a circular table. Each player puts in a forced bet (an ante or blind) before the cards are dealt. The person to the left of the dealer acts first and may fold, call the bet or raise it. The dealer then “burns” one card and deals the first three community cards (the flop) face up to the table.
Each player has a chance to make the best five card hand they can, using their own private cards as well as the community ones. The highest hand wins the pot. Five of a kind (Aces, Kings, Queens, etc) beat all other hands except for a straight flush and the best possible high hand which is two distinct pairs. Ties are broken using the rules for High Card.
The other important thing to remember is that you need to keep records and pay taxes on any gambling winnings. You should also learn to spot tells. These are the non-verbal tics that show when someone is bluffing. They can include: shallow breathing, sighing, nose flaring, eyes watering, shaking of the head and a hand over the mouth.