Poker is a card game with many variants and can be played by two or more people. Generally, each player is dealt seven cards. The best five-card hand wins the pot. Some games require that players place a bet before being dealt their cards; this is called placing the blind bet. In most cases, a player may either call the blind bet or check (pass on betting). Players who check are considered to have dropped out of the pot and are not eligible to win it.
A basic strategy is to bet if you have a strong hand, and raise your bet if others are betting aggressively. This will force weaker hands to fold and push up the value of yours. However, it is important to be able to bluff, as poker is partly a game of psychology and reading your opponents.
In most cases, the highest-ranking hand wins. The cards are ranked in the following order: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Each suit has a rank, but the suits do not rank higher or lower than each other. Some games use wild cards, which can take any rank or suit.
The game is typically played with a single deck of 52 cards, but some variants will use multiple packs or add wild cards. The game can be played with any number of players, although a good number is 6 to 14. The right to deal the cards rotates around the table and is marked by a token called a dealer button or buck.