Poker is a gambling game played with cards. The object of the game is to obtain the best five-card poker hand based on the combination of your own two down (hole) cards and the three community cards (known as the “flop”, “turn” and “river”) dealt face up in the middle of the table.

Players ante an amount before the hand begins, then each player is dealt two down (hole) cards and three community cards. The player who has the highest five-card poker hand wins the pot.

Each round of betting follows the flop, and continues until everyone calls or folds after an initial bet or raise. The final round of betting is referred to as the “showdown” and determines who wins the pot.

The game is played with a standard 52-card deck, sometimes with the addition of one or two jokers. In many clubs and among top players, two packs of contrasting colors are used.

When a dealer deals the cards, the players rotate clockwise from left to right. The last player to act is known as the “button” or dealer button.

Generally, each card is ranked in order of deuce to ace. Cards with the same suit are compared, and the higher card is the winner.

A pair of aces beats any other hand. Aces are ranked high, followed by deuces, then kings, queens, and finally jacks.

Taking bad beats shouldn’t crush your confidence, so don’t get angry or upset when you lose. Watch videos of Phil Ivey and other pros who are great at poker to learn how to handle losses with confidence.