Poker is a card game in which players place bets into a pot. The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot.

Before the cards are dealt, each player is required to make a forced bet (the amount varies by game). After all of the bets have been placed, the dealer will reveal the cards. Players then have the option of raising or folding their hands. The raised hand is shown to the rest of the players, and those who call the raise win the pot.

A poker hand consists of two personal cards and five community cards. There are several types of poker hands: high card, pair, and two pairs. High card is the highest ranking card in a player’s hand and breaks ties. Pair is any two cards that are the same number, for example two sixes. Two pairs is the second highest ranking hand and can be made with two distinct cards or three identical cards.

It is important to play a wide range of hands from late positions, especially when the opponent in front of you is being aggressive. Being in late position allows you to see the previous bets of your opponents and compare their hands to your own, as well as manipulate the pot on later betting streets by bluffing or calling re-raises with weak or marginal hands.