Poker is a card game that is played with two or more players and involves betting. It can be a fast-paced game and the action is often intense. It is also a game of chance, but skill can eliminate some of the randomness of luck.

The game has a wide variety of variations, but most are played with the same basic rules. The cards are dealt from a standard pack and there are several rounds of betting before the showdown. The player with the highest ranked five card hand wins the pot, which includes all of the bets made during that hand. The player may also win by bluffing, betting that they have a superior hand when in fact they do not.

In most games, the players sit in a circle around the table and each has their own stack of chips. They bet in turn, with each person able to call or raise the bet as they see fit. Players can also “check” if they do not want to bet and simply pass their turn.

In some games, the dealer is responsible for shuffling and dealing the cards and this is called being the button. In other games, the shuffling and dealing is done in rotation and passes from player to player each time. The player to the left of the button is usually the first to bet. The last card is then dealt, which is called the river and there is a final round of betting before the cards are revealed.