Poker is a card game in which players bet on the probability that they will have a winning hand. While much of the game involves chance, a player’s long-run expectations depend on their decisions, which are often made based on a combination of probability, psychology and game theory.

The goal is to make the best possible five-card poker hand by combining your two personal cards with the community cards on the table. The higher your poker hand, the more money you win.

Depending on your game rules, you may be allowed to exchange one or more of your cards for new ones after the flop. This is known as the “turn” or “river.” You can also bet again after the turn.

A good poker player has quick instincts and can read the strength of other players’ hands. Practice and watch experienced players to build these instincts. Observe how they act and think about how you would react in the same situation to get an idea of what strategy you should use.