Poker is a gambling game played with cards and chips. Players take turns betting on their hands, and the highest hand wins the pot.


Before the game, each player must ante an amount of money, which varies depending on the game. This money is required to get dealt cards and be eligible to play.


When a player pushes all of their remaining chips into the pot, they are called an all-in. The pot then goes to the player with the best hand, and the other players must call or fold.


In some forms of poker, a blind is a forced bet that requires a player to place a certain amount of money into the pot before they receive their first card. The person to the left of the dealer (or the player with the button) has a small blind, and the person two positions to the left of the dealer has a big blind.


There are many different kinds of poker, but each has some common rules. In each round, the dealer shuffles the deck and deals cards to the players. Then there are a number of betting intervals in which players may make bets or raises.

Ties and High Cards

In most games, ties are broken by the highest card. This can be a pair, a flush, or a straight. A flush is made up of any 5 cards that are consecutive in rank and suit, while a straight contains cards that skip around in rank.