Poker is a family of card games in which players bet against each other to try to make the best hand possible. It is a form of gambling that is played around the world. Usually, the player with the best hand wins the pot.

The game is played with a standard pack of 52 cards. The cards are ranked from Ace to Ace. Each player receives a number of cards and can discard up to three. When all players have been dealt their cards, the game begins.

Before the start of a poker game, the dealer assigns the values of each chip. Most chips are white or red in color. They are usually worth two, four or five reds, or 10 or 25 whites.

A dealer button indicates the nominal dealer. Cards are dealt clockwise around the table. Players can then see their cards and fold, check or call their bet.

All players must bet a minimum amount of chips during each betting interval. These bets are capped after three bets have been made. After the last bet is made, the remaining players have a chance to call, raise, or drop their bet.

After the last bet, a final round of betting is held. If anyone is all-in before the last round, the final betting round ends with a “showdown”. This is when the winner is determined.

At the showdown, the player who has the best hand wins the pot. If no one has the best hand, ties are broken by the highest card.