Poker is a card game where players bet based on the value of their poker hand. It is played in various forms worldwide, but is most popular in North America.

The basic game of poker consists of a series of betting rounds, each with antes and blinds. The first round begins by distributing the number of cards, depending on the variant, to all active players, face-down and face-up.

After the initial deal, each player takes turns revealing their hand. The player who has the best hand wins the pot.


After all the players have revealed their hands, the dealer shuffles the deck and deals another round of cards, this time with antes and blinds. After the next round, the players take turns revealing their cards again and a final showdown occurs, with the player who has the best hand winning the pot.


When a player makes a bet, they must match the amount of the previous bet or raise it. The bet can be either real money or chips, which represent money. The player may also call or fold if they do not have a strong enough hand to make a bet against the other players.


In most games, a high hand is seven or more cards in order and in two or more suits. A low hand is five or fewer cards in order and in one suit. A hand with five aces is the highest natural hand. If more than one hand has five aces, the higher one wins.