Poker is a card game in which players compete to make the best 5-card hand. The best hand wins the pot, which is the sum of all bets placed during a deal. Each player has a set amount of chips that they can bet with; this is known as their bankroll. It is important to play only with money you are willing to lose and to keep track of your winnings and losses.

The game starts with 2 cards being dealt to each player. Then a round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer placing 2 mandatory bets, called blinds, into the pot. Then each player can choose to call the bet, raise it or fold their hand.

After the first betting round is complete, 3 more cards are dealt face up on the table; these are called community cards and everyone can use them. This is followed by another betting round.

When a player has a good poker hand they can raise the stakes by placing a bet larger than the previous one. They can also choose to check, which means they will not place a bet and will pass their turn.

The most effective way to learn poker is to practice. Try to play as many hands as possible in a low-stress environment. You can also watch videos of experienced players to see how they act and react. Over time, you’ll begin to develop instincts that will help you win more often.