Poker is a card game in which each player puts an initial contribution, called the ante, into a pot before betting on their hands. The underlying skill of minimizing losses with poor hands and maximizing winnings with strong ones is fundamental to the game.
Each player is dealt two cards face down, which are known as hole cards. A series of three cards, referred to as the flop, then an additional single card (called the turn), and finally a fifth card, called the river, are then dealt to each player. The players then have the option to call, raise, or fold their hands.
Once all the bets are placed, each player takes turns revealing their cards to the rest of the table. The person with the best hand wins the entire pot. The winnings are then split amongst the players who did not fold.
A value bet is a bet designed to maximize the number of chips that you can extract from your opponent/s when you have a good hand. It is based on the risk-vs-reward concept of calculating various odds and their relationships.
In order to play well, it is important to know the rules of the game and understand how other players react to the cards being played. You should also practice and watch experienced players to develop quick instincts. It is also a good idea to avoid making bluffs in situations where you are unlikely to win.