Poker is a card game that is played by two or more players. It is typically played with a standard 52-card English deck and sometimes has one or more jokers (wild cards) added to it. It is a gambling game and a skillful player can make large amounts of money in a short amount of time.

Each betting interval (or hand) begins when a player, in turn, makes a bet of one or more chips. Players who wish to match or raise that bet must place into the pot a number of chips equal to or greater than the number placed into it by any player before them. Players who decline to do so may “drop” (“fold”) and they will no longer compete for the pot.

A player can win a poker hand by either having the highest-ranked cards when all of the hands are shown or by continuing to bet that their hand is the best until all other players drop out. The winner of a hand receives the pot—all of the chips that have been placed into the pot during that betting interval.

To succeed in poker, you need to be comfortable taking risks and have a good sense of the odds of your hand winning. Just says that learning how to manage risk is a process, and she recommends starting out with low-stakes games. She also recommends observing experienced players and thinking about how you would react in their position.