Poker is a game of luck and skill where players form the best possible hand by betting into a pot. It is played with cards and chips that are usually black, blue or green.

There are many poker variants, but the most popular is Texas Hold’em. In Hold’em, each player receives two hole cards face down and must use those cards plus any cards from the deck to make their hand. The aim is to beat the dealer’s hand and the other players.

The best hand in poker is often a combination of five of a kind, a straight or flush. Some games allow for wild cards. Known as jokers, these cards are not visible to other players but add to the overall strength of the hand.

For instance, a straight of aces and kings beats a straight of hearts and diamonds. A flush of sevens and eights is better than a flush of tens and jacks.

In any event, a straight is the shortest five-card hand and a flush is five cards of the same suit. Other poker variants may not take into account flushes or straights.

Poker is a bluffing game and a great way to bluff your way to riches. Players may try to bet their hand, match the bet or raise the amount.

Another bluff is to check or fold. If a player checks, the hand is discarded and the turn passes to the next player.