Poker is a card game that requires skill and luck in order to be successful. It is played in tournament and cash formats, with the rules varying slightly between each. While some players use their skills to make a living, others do it for fun, using tells (unconscious habits displayed during gameplay that reveal information about the player’s hand).

The game is played with a standard 53-card pack including a joker. The higher the combination of cards in a hand, the higher the value of the hand. Players may also bluff, betting that they have a superior hand when they don’t, in order to win the pot.

When it is your turn to play, you can either match or raise the previous players’ bets. Saying “call” means to add the same amount of money as the player before you, while saying “raise” means to increase the previous player’s bet. If you decide not to raise, you must fold your cards.

The game’s final stage is the showdown, when all remaining players reveal their hands. The player with the highest valued hand wins the pot. The highest valued hand is a royal flush, consisting of four matching cards in the same suit, followed by a straight, and then a full house. The lowest value hand is a high card, which is a single unmatched card.