Poker is a card game where players place bets against each other. After a series of betting rounds, the remaining players reveal their hands and the player with the best hand wins the pot. Players may also choose to fold.
To win at poker, you need to play a wide range of hands aggressively. If you don’t, you will lose to the better players who bet early and often, even when they don’t have strong hands. Study your opponents to identify tells, which can be anything from fiddling with a ring or chips to their manner of speaking and their body language.
If you want to increase the value of your hand, raise the ante. This will force weaker players out of the hand and increase the odds of hitting a big pair or straight.
General Rule: If you have four of a kind, the highest ranking of the four cards wins. If two or more players have four of a kind, then the high card outside the four of a kind wins. A flush contains five cards of consecutive rank from one suit and a straight contains 5 cards of consecutive rank from different suits.
A pair of Aces is the lowest hand, a high-card straight is the next lowest hand, and a flush is the highest. Some games use wild cards which change the rules slightly, for example the ace is considered to be the lowest card making a low-card straight the second lowest hand and a high-card flush the highest.