When playing poker, players make decisions based on probability, psychology and game theory. They also try to predict what other players will do and make moves accordingly. This is known as reading the game and it can make a huge difference in your success at the table.

There are a number of rules that must be followed when playing poker. The first is bankroll management. It is important to have a bankroll that allows you to play the games you like without running into financial problems. It is also important to know the minimum amount that you can bet on a particular hand. This will help you avoid making bad calls and improve your win rate.

The basic rules of poker are simple. Each player is dealt 2 cards face down and there is a round of betting after this happens. The person to the left of the dealer puts in two mandatory bets called blinds into the pot. Then another card is dealt face up and the betting starts again. If you think your hand has low value, then you can say stay and the dealer will give you another card. If you want to double up, then you can say hit and the dealer will deal you another card.

There are many different possible hands in poker, but the highest is a flush (five cards of the same suit). A full house is 3 matching cards of one rank and 2 unmatched cards of another rank. A straight is 5 cards that are consecutive in rank but from more than one suit. A pair is two cards of the same rank and 3 other unmatched cards.