Poker is a card game in which players place bets (representing money) into the pot during a hand. The highest hand wins the pot. There are a wide variety of poker games and betting structures, but all share the same underlying rules.
A poker hand consists of five cards. The value of a particular card in a poker hand is in inverse proportion to its frequency, meaning that more rare combinations have lower values. A player may call a bet and risk losing his or her entire hand, or bluff in order to win the pot.
Betting is an essential part of the game and there is much more to the art of poker than just calling. It’s essential to stay one step ahead of your opponents, so that you can think about future streets when it is your turn to act. By doing this you will have more information than your opponents and can make more accurate bluffs.
Position is important in poker, especially late into events. Players will be tightening up at this stage of a tournament and you should try to take advantage of this by making bets and steal as many blinds and orphaned pots as possible.