Poker is a card game that can be played by two to seven players. It is a gambling game where the aim is to win the pot, which consists of all the money that has been bet during a hand.

When playing poker, there are a number of rules that must be followed. These rules govern how a player can bet, raise or fold during a hand. It is important to know these etiquette rules, because they help keep the game fair for everyone involved.

After the dealer deals each player 2 cards, there is a round of betting. This is triggered by the mandatory bets called blinds that are put into the pot by the two players to the left of the dealer. The player who is first to bet can choose to call, raise or fold.

Once the first betting round is complete, the dealer will deal 3 more cards face up on the table that anyone can use. This is known as the flop.

There is another round of betting, this time starting with the player to the left of the dealer.

During this stage, a player can also decide to stay in their hand by saying stay or they can double up by flipping their down card and pointing at a card and saying hit me. Once the betting round is over, each player shows their hands and whoever has the highest ranking 5 card poker hand wins the pot.