Poker is a game of chance that requires skill in reading opponents and the ability to predict odds. It also involves bluffing and maintaining a cool demeanor. There are hundreds of different games, but most require that players put in a mandatory bet (the amount varies by game) before being dealt cards. The player with the highest hand wins the pot.
A standard deck of 52 cards is used; the suits are spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. The rank of a card is its numerical value, with Ace being high and Jack being low. Some games allow the use of jokers as wild cards.
Each round of betting begins with 2 mandatory bets called blinds placed into the pot by players to the left of the dealer. Once this has happened, the player to the left of the dealer is dealt two cards face up and everyone else gets one card face up.
The next cards that are revealed are the flop. A round of betting again starts with the player to the left of the dealer, and this time everyone has 5 community cards to work with.
When betting comes around to you, you must either call the bet by putting the same amount into the pot or raise it (which means that you put in more than the previous player did). You can also drop, which means that you fold your hand and forfeit any chips you put into the pot.