Poker is a game of chance, where players compete for a prize. The player with the best hand wins the pot. Players may try to bluff each other and win by betting with their best hand, or by putting down a weaker hand.

Poker games are typically played with a large round table. Each player’s hand is dealt from a face-up deck of cards. If there are more than eight or nine players, each player is required to place a pre-determined number of chips in the pot. This is called a “buy-in”.

Some poker games have a pre-dealt ante, which is a small sum of money paid to the dealer before the cards are shuffled. These games are usually played with a full 52-card deck.

Poker games may be played at home, in a casino, or online. Poker has become very popular in recent years thanks to the internet. Many players now use a hole-card camera, which makes the game more exciting and spectator-friendly.

A pair of aces is the lowest pair. A flush is a hand of five cards that match the suit. Straight is a straight of 5 cards that is not consecutive. Full house is a hand of three cards of one ranking, with two cards of another ranking.

In most games, the highest hand wins. However, in some, the ace can be treated as the lowest card.

The first player to make a bet is said to bet. Other players must call or match the bet to contest the pot.