Poker is a game of chance where players wager on which hand will be the best. The player with the highest hand wins the pot. There are different variants of poker, which can vary in rules and number of cards in play.

Typically, a 52-card deck is used. Cards are dealt in a clockwise direction and the dealer’s button (a white plastic disk) indicates the nominal dealer. Players are dealt cards one at a time, and the turn passes from player to player.

Before a deal, the player to the left of the button (also called the big blind) must make a small bet. This is the ante. A bet of one dollar or five dollars is usually made.

The first round of betting is followed by a discard phase, where each player has the opportunity to discard up to three cards. Upon the discard phase, all players but the first to make a bet will show their hand.

Another round of betting is followed by the showdown, where the player with the best hand wins the pot. Each of the other players is obligated to match the bet.

Poker is played by many different people, ranging from professional players to casual hobbyists. Some people enjoy the game at home while others take it to the casino. Online poker games have also increased in popularity. In the U.S., poker has become popular with cable and satellite TV broadcasts of tournaments.