Poker is a card game with many different variations. Usually players ante up some amount (amount varies by game) and then are dealt cards. They then place their chips into the pot in the middle of the table. The highest hand wins the pot. There are lots of different strategies and tips for winning at poker. Some of them are specific to certain games or types of hands, while others apply to all poker games.
When betting starts, it begins with one player saying “I open.” Everyone then takes turns calling or raising, clockwise order. Saying “I raise” means you are adding more money to the pot than the last player did. You can also say “I call” if you have enough chips to match the amount raised by the person before you.
After the first round of betting is complete the dealer puts three cards face up on the board that anyone can use. These are called the flop. Once more betting is done the dealer puts another card on the board that everyone can use. This is called the turn.
At this point it is often time to fold your cards. It is not rude to do this even if you have chips in the pot. Sometimes it is better to save your chips for a later hand than risk losing them all on a bad one. It is important to remember that there is a lot of short term luck involved in poker, and you can’t control that. But you can control how much you play and how aggressively you bet.