Poker is a card game played by a group of people around a circular table. Each player is dealt a hand of cards and must make bets against the other players. In the end, the player with the best poker hand wins the pot.

The number of people playing a game of poker varies, but an ideal number is six to eight players. A player can check, fold, raise, or call.

Before the deal begins, the dealer places a specified number of chips on the table, usually red or blue. After the start of a hand, the dealer assigns a value to the chips. This amount is also known as the ante.

The first player to bet, or “bet”, is the one with the highest poker combination. If no other players have bet, the betting interval ends. However, the first bettor may call in later betting intervals.

The cards are then dealt clockwise around the table. The first upcard is the door card. It is seen by the whole table.

Once the initial dealer has finished shuffled the deck, the next player to the left receives a card. The player who received the jack becomes the first dealer.

Players may bluff by betting that they have the best hand. They can also make a forced bet. Such bets can be ante or blind.

When all but one player folds, the player with the best hand collects the pot. However, if there are still two or more players competing for the pot, a showdown occurs.