Poker is a family of card games played by a group of people around a table. Players compete by making bets against each other using their five cards. The highest ranking hand wins the pot. There are several variants of the game, each with its own rules and strategies.

The basic rules of poker remain the same. The cards are dealt in a round, the best poker hand is determined by the best possible combination of the five cards dealt. Each player may then make a bet in front of the pot.

After the draw phase, the first dealer is the player who received the highest card. The player then discards all but three of the cards in their hand. If the player does not fold, the remaining players will have to show their cards.

A player who does not want to reveal his cards may hide them. This is known as a bluff. Some poker players prefer to make a bet without revealing their cards.

Most poker games involve a blind bet. The blind bet is a small bet made by the player to the left of the dealer. The blind is usually equal to the double first blind, which is the amount of money the player must put in before being dealt cards.

When the round ends, the pot is the sum of all the bets in the pot. It may be won by the best hand, a combination of the five cards dealt, or by the best possible bet.