Poker is a popular card game, played with two to seven players. It is a betting card game and requires a deck of cards, a large table with chairs, and a cash pot for winning bets.
There are several variants of the game, but all share a number of essential features. In each poker variant there are one or more betting rounds, followed by a showdown.
The player with the lowest hand starts first, and play proceeds clockwise around the table. Once all players have had a chance to bet or fold, the game is completed.
Each hand is dealt to the players, with one card face-down and three cards face-up. The player with the highest hand wins.
In poker, a hand of five cards is considered to be the best hand. The hand can be made up of any combination of a single suit or a mixture of different suits, including pairs and three-of-a-kinds.
A straight is a five-card sequence of any of the four suits, with ace of one suit linked to the king or deuce of another. If there is a tie, the straight that started with the highest unmatched card wins.
Bluffing is a major feature of poker, distinguishing it from other vying games and from other games that use hand rankings. Players may bluff by betting that they have the best hand, and other players must either call (match) the bet or concede the pot.