Poker is a card game that can be played with two or more players. Each player places a bet (in chips) to enter the hand. Then, the dealer will shuffle the cards and deal them to the players.

The players use the cards they have been dealt and the community cards on the table to create a poker hand. The highest ranked hand wins the pot, which is all the money that has been bet during the hand.

To win at poker, you need to be aggressive but only when it makes sense. Be careful not to overplay your strong hands, as this will cause your opponents to overthink and arrive at bad conclusions. Instead, be more predictable and use your strength to force your opponents to fold when you have a strong hand.

Another important skill to have is reading tells. A tell is a way that a poker player gives away information about their hand through their behavior or body language. These can be as subtle as a shift in posture or as obvious as a gesture.

When it is your turn to act, you can bet by saying “call” or a higher amount. This means you are making a bet equal to the last person’s raise. You can also check, which means that you will pass on betting and wait for the next player to act. Then you can decide whether or not to play your hand.