How to Play Poker


Poker is a gambling game where each player makes a bet and tries to win the most money. The winner is the person with the best hand. This can be a straight flush, five cards of the same suit or a hand of two distinct pairs. In certain variants, the game includes a “wild card”.

The game is played with a standard pack of 52 cards. Each card has a number ranking from Ace to King. The cards are dealt clockwise around the table. Players can choose to discard up to three cards.

The first round of betting involves each player placing an equal amount of chips in the pot. The first player makes the first bet, followed by other players. If more than one player calls, the pot goes to that player.

Another round of betting follows. Players can continue to place bets until everyone folds. Once the betting interval has passed, the hand is revealed.

Ties between two identical hands are broken by a high card. A straight, flush, or higher-ranking four of a kind will break the tie. However, a higher card outside of those ranks wins if a pair or two four of a kind have the same rank.

After the second round of betting, each player must place an additional chip into the pot. This kitty is used to pay for new decks of cards. All the bets are gathered into a central pot.

The final round of betting is known as a showdown. A single player will be the winner, though more than one player may still be in the running. Those who drop out forfeit the rights to the original pot.