Poker is a card game that is played with two or more players. The ideal number is six to eight players. Players compete for the pot, the sum of all their bets in a single deal. Winning the pot requires having the highest-ranking poker hand or making a bet that no other player calls.

During the game, each player receives one card face-up and one face-down. The dealer interrupts the dealing process for a betting interval. This process repeats three times, and after the fourth betting interval, the hole cards are revealed. The player with the highest-ranking poker combination (or “bettor”) is the first to bet. The first bettor must bet the minimum amount during the first betting interval, and may check in the later rounds.

The best hand is called the “nuts.” This is the hand that has the best odds of winning the hand. An example of a “nut hand” is a pair of trip sevens. If you have a pair of sevens and two more cards, you’ve made a full house. If you are not holding the necessary cards, you can get a “nut flush” with a low hand.

If you are playing for money, it is important to know the betting rules. Some variants require players to put in an ante before the cards are dealt.