Poker is a game of chance that can be played with a variety of different strategies. The main rule is that the player with the best hand wins the pot.


In Poker, each player is dealt two cards face down. These cards are kept secret from other players until they have to reveal them during a betting round.

During a round of betting, players may choose to “fold,” which means they do not wish to bet, “check,” which means they match the previous bet or “raise,” which adds more money to the pot.

The player to the left of the dealer button, who shuffles the deck and deals the cards. This person’s position is marked by the dealer button, which typically is a plastic disk in live poker.

There are several betting rounds in poker, each with a set number of hands. The first of these betting rounds is called the flop, which involves the dealer dealing three community cards to everyone. Once these are all used, a fifth card is dealt to anyone who is still in the hand.

Each round of betting is gathered into a central pot, which may be won by having the highest-ranking poker hand or by making a bet that no other player calls. In some variations of poker, a player may “check” the pot during a betting round if they do not want to bet any more, but must call when a raise is made.