Poker is a card game involving players and a deck of cards. While the rules and variations can vary greatly, the basic game remains unchanged. Players can bluff their way to victory, but the game is based on making good decisions with incomplete information.
The ante is a small bet all players must make before the cards are dealt. This gives the pot a value right away.
The kitty is a special fund that all players contribute to. It is used to pay for new decks of cards.
The best possible hand in poker involves five cards in a row. A flush wins if the cards are in order, and a straight is a set of five consecutive cards, typically of the same suit. If the cards are not in order, a backdoor flush may be possible.
The most exciting part of the game is the action. A player must act quickly when a raise comes his way. He can either fold, which essentially means that he will no longer compete for the pot, or call, which places all of his chips into the pot.
A side pot is a separate pot that is created by additional money bet by the remaining players. Some players win the side pot. Other players do not.
The best possible hand in poker is five of a kind, preferably with a wild card to boost it.
Besides the usual suspects, a game may also involve bluffing and bluffing-to-the-point. There is a special language used by poker players.