Poker is a card game played by players against each other. There are many different poker games and betting rounds but the fundamentals remain the same: you are dealt cards, you bet over a series of hands, and the player with the best five card hand wins the pot.

Typically in most poker games you must ante something (amount varies by game) to get dealt cards, after which you bet into the pot in the center of the table. If you don’t have a good enough hand to continue, you fold.

The first round of betting is called the flop and it will reveal three additional community cards. In this round it is important to look at your opponents, you never know what they are holding and you can often make them open-raise on a weak hand in order to put pressure on them.

After the flop is completed the last betting round is the river and this will reveal the fifth community card. In the final round of betting it is critical to consider your remaining outs (cards you’re hoping will improve your hand) and to understand pot odds.

The frequencies of different poker hands can be difficult to understand, but it’s important to try and develop an intuition for them. You’ll find that by working on your frequencies and EV estimation skills the numbers will begin to become second nature to you and you’ll have more confidence making decisions at the tables.