Poker is a game of chance and skill, played by individuals or teams. The goal of the game is to make the highest hand possible. Typically, a poker table is made up of 6-8 players. There are hundreds of different ways to play the game. However, the basic rules remain the same.
The game is played with a standard pack of 52 cards, which are ranked from Ace high to ace low. All poker hands are composed of five cards, with one or more cards being used as wild cards.
A player can discard three cards from their hand. In some games, each player is allowed to shuffle their own cards, but in others, a dealer is responsible for re-shuffles.
Before each hand, players place an ante into a pot, which is a bet. This bet is usually $1 or $5.
After the initial round of betting, a second round of betting is held. This is followed by a draw phase, during which each player shows his or her cards.
Once a showdown is held, the pot is awarded to the player with the best poker hand. The player may be awarded the pot or a side pot. If more than one player has a hand, the main pot or a side pot is split.
The ante amount is also decided by the table. Players can only place money into the pot voluntarily.
Most poker games are played with a blind. A blind is a forced bet. Unlike an ante, a blind is a bet that has to be placed before a player is dealt a hand.