Poker is a game of chance played by a group of people around a table. Players use a standard deck of 52 cards. Each player’s goal is to make the best possible hand. The person with the highest hand wins the pot. There are several different poker variations.

Players may bet on a hand they think their opponent has or they can fold. A raise occurs when someone bets more than the previous bet.

After the first round of betting, a second round begins. The dealer will pass out two cards to each player. In some games, the dealer may also pass out all the cards at once.

When a player has four or more cards of the same rank, the high card breaks ties. If there are no pairs, the higher card wins.

A pair is a hand made up of two cards of the same rank. A straight is five cards in sequential order. Two pairs, three of a kind, and four of a kind are all different ways to win.

Four of a kind is when a player has all four Aces. Royal flush is when a player has a ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace.

One of the most popular versions of poker is Texas Hold’Em. It is played with a standard deck of cards and chips. Chips are generally made of ceramic or plastic.

Players begin by making an ante bet. This is a small amount, typically $1 or $5. Some variants of the game have a wild card.