Poker is a card game in which players bet against one another. There are hundreds of different variants, but most games involve a deck of cards, a dealer, and a number of betting rounds between each card dealt.
The highest-ranking hand is a royal flush (a straight flush consisting of 10 Jack, Queen, King, and Ace of the same suit). A royal flush beats any other straight flush except for a straight flush of a different suit.
Other hands are ranked according to their odds of winning, with two identical hands dividing any money equally. These hands include a high card (a low card that is not a pair), five consecutive cards of the same suit, four of a kind, and three of a kind.
Bluffing is a technique used to convince other players that you have a good hand, or to raise your bet. Bluffing is a strategic method that can be used to win the pot, and is often employed by professional poker players.
Position is important in poker, as it gives you a greater amount of information about your opponents. When it is your turn to act, you have a better idea of what hands your opponents hold and when they are likely to bluff you.
Getting caught with the worst hand can be frustrating, but it is an inevitable part of the learning process. Eventually, you will get to the point where your mistakes will no longer have such an impact on the pot.