Poker is a card game based on chance. However, when players begin betting on their hands, it becomes a game that involves a significant amount of skill and psychology.
A standard pack of 52 cards is used for Poker, with some games adding jokers (wild cards) to the mix. The card ranks are high (Ace, King, Queen, Jack) and low (two, three, four). There are also suits: spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs, and some games have wild cards of different rank or suit that can take the place of other cards in a hand.
The cards are dealt in rotation to each player, starting with the player to the left of the dealer. A player may cut the deck once during the course of a deal. The first player to cut loses his turn to bet and the right to pass the deck for shuffling. The dealer has the last right to shuffle, and must offer his discarded portion of the deck to the player to his right for a cut if the latter declines.
The goal of the game is to win more than you lose. This is often achieved by bluffing or folding a poor hand. When you have a strong hand, make sure to bet at it, and force weaker players into your pot. The higher your bet, the more money you are likely to win. However, it is important to balance your bets, as too much risk can quickly cost you the entire pot.