Poker is a game of strategy and skill played with poker chips. It can be social or professional. The ideal number of players is six or eight.
The player with the best hand in a game of poker wins the pot. Often, there is more than one player left in contention after the final round of betting. This is called a showdown.
Each player gets five cards. They can be dealt face up, or face down. Cards are dealt in rotation. Players can call, pass, or raise.
If a player decides to call, they must put in the same amount of chips as the previous player in the pot. To raise, they must bet a certain number of chips.
After a round of betting, the dealer deals the cards to the remaining players. A “flop” is the first three face-up cards that are dealt. In some versions of Poker, Jokers are added to the deck.
If two identical hands are tied, the rank of the next card determines the winner. For example, if both players have straights, the straight with the highest card wins. Similarly, if more than one player has two pairs, the highest pair wins.
Poker has hundreds of different variations. However, it is typically played with poker chips. Usually the chips are red, white, or blue. Generally, the blue chip is the lowest-valued chip.
In some games, the ace is treated as the lowest card. Deuces are also sometimes used as wild cards.