In poker, the object is to make the best hand possible from the cards you have. To do this, you must know how to play the game well and be able to read your opponents. You can do this by learning about the different tells of players (eye movements, idiosyncrasies, betting behavior). The better you understand how your opponent thinks and acts during the game, the easier it is to predict their decisions.
A tournament is a competitive event where players compete in a series of matches to determine the winner(s). There are many tournament structures and formats. These structures vary from single elimination to round robin, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.
To begin a hand, each player must make a forced bet, called an ante or blind bet, which goes into the pot. Then, the dealer shuffles the cards and deals each player 2 cards face up or down, starting with the player on their left. There will then be a round of betting, which continues until all players decide to call the bet or fold.
The highest winning hand in poker is a Royal Flush (A, K, Q, J, and 10 of the same suit). Other higher hands include Four of a Kind; Straight; Three of a Kind; and Two Pairs. If all players have the same hand, a showdown occurs where each player reveals their hand and the winner is determined by the value of their highest card.