Poker is a gambling game where players try to make the best hand using a deck of cards. The game has various variations, which are discussed later on this page.

Poker is played in two rounds, which are usually called betting intervals. Betting begins after the players receive their starting cards.

A player’s first bet is typically the minimum ante. If no one calls, the pot is won by the player who has the highest hand. Depending on the type of poker, the ante may be raised or lowered.

Ties are broken when the high card breaks a tie. When a pair is tied, the other player wins if the other hand has a higher rank.

A player can discard up to three cards. After the discarding process, another round of betting begins.

All-in is a position where a player can play all of their chips. However, the player can only win the amount of the side pot if they are in a showdown.

The game is typically played with a deck of 52 cards. Before the start of the game, the dealer determines the values of the chips. These chips are commonly green, blue, red, or black. Red chips are worth two, four, or five reds; white chips are worth 10 or 25 whites.

Once the cards are dealt, the player to the left of the dealer becomes the first dealer. This player can then shuffle the deck and offer it to the opponent for cut.