Poker is a game of chance where players bet on a hand of five cards. The player with the highest-ranking hand wins the pot. Ties are broken by a card.
Cards are dealt face down or face up. Players must then reveal their cards.
After the initial betting round, there is usually another betting interval. This interval ends when all of the bets have been matched or dropped.
If nobody has a pair, the highest-ranking card breaks ties. If more than one player has a pair, the high-ranking hand wins the pot.
Next, players can replace their cards. When a new card is revealed, the player can then raise the bet, fold or check. A player may bluff by making a bet with the highest-ranking hand.
The dealer is the player who deals the first cards. In some poker variants, the cards are dealt in a clockwise fashion. Other games use a random distribution.
Poker is played by a group of people around an oval or circular table. It is typically played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Some games, such as Three-Card Monte, use only three cards.
The main feature of poker is bluffing. One player has the privilege of making the first bet.
Each bet is limited to the amount of chips in the pot. For example, a red chip is worth five whites.
The pot is the total of all bets placed by all the players during a deal. Once the bet is matched, the next round begins.