The Basics of Poker
Poker is a card game for two or more players, played with a deck of cards. It is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world.
The game begins with a deal of cards, in which each player is dealt one card face-down and another card face-up. The dealer then interrupts the deal for a betting interval, which lasts three rounds in standard poker.
When all players have had a chance to call, raise, or fold, the betting round ends. If no more than one player remains in the hand, then a showdown takes place, in which the hands are revealed and the winner takes the pot.
Depending on the rules of the particular game, some players may be required to contribute a small amount of money before the cards are dealt. These are called forced bets, and there are several types: antes, blinds, and bring-ins.
The goal of poker is to create the best possible hand using only the cards in your hand and those on the table. Those cards can be in any suit, but they must be used together to form a combination that wins.
If no combination can be made, the player with the highest single card is considered to have the best hand. The highest cards of any suit are known as a high card, and the two cards of the same suit are known as a pair.