Often regarded as a descendant of the French poque, poker is a game of chance played with cards. It has been played in many countries and is one of the most popular card games in the world. There are several variations of the game, but all involve one or more rounds of betting.

The aim of poker is to make the best five-card hand. The highest hand wins the pot. The hand may be made up of four of a kind, a straight flush, a flush, a straight or a Royal Flush.

Each player must place a certain number of chips into the pot. The chip values vary between different games, but the most common are blue, white, or red. Generally, a blue chip is worth 10 or 25 whites, while a white chip is worth two, four, or five reds.

After a first round of betting, the dealer deals cards face up to each player. The dealer has the last right to shuffle and cut the cards. Each player then evaluates their hands and can discard up to three cards.

The player to the left of the button is the first to bet. He must post the small blind and the big blind. He must also reveal all of his cards.

A player can call the bet or raise the pot. He must put in the same number of chips as the player who called the previous bet. Usually, the pot limit is the maximum amount of money that can be put into the pot.