Using chips and tokens, players can bet or bluff their way to winning. Poker is a gambling game played by a group of players around a circular table. The aim of the game is to have the best hand of cards. The hand can include two or more cards of the same suit.

Poker is played in hundreds of different variants. Depending on the type of poker you play, players may have to make a forced bet. This is known as a blind bet or an ante.

Before the beginning of play, all players at the table agree on the amount of money they are willing to bet. This amount is known as the pot. Each player is given a certain number of chips to contribute to the pot. The chips are usually made from ceramic or plastic.

During the betting phase, all but one player can fold. A player who folds is said to have lost their bet. When a player raises his stake, he must either call or fold. Alternatively, he can stay in the game without betting.

Once the cards have been dealt, the player can discard up to three cards. A discard improves a hand’s rank. In some games, the ace may be treated as the lowest card.

The first player to act is called the dealer. The dealer button is a white plastic disk that identifies the nominal dealer. This player sits to the left of the big blind. This player is also the first to take a card from the deck.