Poker is a betting game that is played by players in private homes, casinos and online. It is played with a set of 52 cards. The main goal is to make the best possible five card hand. If you can do that, you will win the pot.

There are many variations of poker. Some are variants on the classic game, while others use two or more packs of cards. In addition to the standard deck of 52, there are also variations that add jokers.

A poker table can be arranged for as many as eight or more players. Players can bet into a single pot, or they can bet into a side pot. For games with more than two players, the standard rules of thumb are to buy the same number of chips.

Generally, each player gets seven cards. However, there are some variations where a player may be dealt only six or five cards. This is known as a lowball or split-pot game.

Most poker games are played with a pack of cards ranked from Ace high to one-eleven, with the highest card being the ace of spades. Cards are dealt in a manner that is largely dependent on the game, with the dealer having the last say.

Among the standard poker hands is the full house, which is made up of three aces and two fours. Another notable poker hand is the flush, which is made up of five cards of the same suit.