If you’re looking to get into poker, it is best to play in a home game first. This will allow you to learn the rules and build your bankroll slowly, while still enjoying a fun and social environment. Ask around to find out if anyone in your circle of friends has a poker game at their house, and ask them if you can join. You don’t have to play for money, it could be just matchsticks or counters – this will help you develop a strong grip on the game without risking any of your hard-earned cash.
Once everyone has 2 cards in their hand, a round of betting starts. The player to the left of you will make a bet, and then you can choose to call their bet (put in the same amount of chips into the pot), or raise their bet (put more than their original bet).
A third card is dealt to the board, which can improve your hand, or ruin it. This is called the flop. You can now check, call, or raise again.
A common mistake beginners make is playing too passively with their draws. This can be profitable for a while, but you should start to take matters into your own hands by betting more aggressively with your draws. This will force your opponent to fold more often, or it can allow you to hit a straight by the river. Remember, there is a risk to every reward in both poker and life.