Poker is a card game for two or more players that involves bluffing and betting. It requires skill in reading opponents, predicting odds, and making good decisions.

Poker games typically use a standard 52-card deck. Depending on the rules, players may be required to place an initial amount of money into the pot before the cards are dealt. These are called forced bets and come in three forms: antes, blinds, and bring-ins.

The cards are dealt clockwise around the table, one at a time. The deal is interrupted for a betting interval, during which each player must either “call” (match) the maximum previous bet, or “drop” (“fold”) if they do not believe their hand is worth as much as the last bet.

In most poker games, the highest hand wins the pot. However, some variations award the pot to the lowest hand instead, which can lead to asymmetrical outcomes.

There are many variations of poker, including lowball and split-pot poker. The rules vary by type of poker, but the basic premise remains the same: the first player to make a bet wins the pot.

Betting in Poker begins with a player placing a pre-determined amount of money into the pot, called an “ante.” The next player to the left must then call or raise that bet, and so on, until all players have made a bet.

When all players have made a bet, the betting interval ends and the showdown occurs. The first player to the left of the dealer is the first bettor, and must bet at least an established minimum amount in each betting interval.