Poker is a card game with a variety of rules. The most popular form of poker is Texas Hold’em, in which players make “buy-in” bets before the game starts. They are usually a small amount of money, such as $1 or $5, and are decided by the table. The dealer will then deal each player two cards, and each player decides whether to bet or fold. They also have the option to check, raise, or match the other player’s bet.

Players almost always play with poker chips, and each player has different colored chips to use in the game. The lowest-value chip is a white chip, while the highest-valued chip is a red chip. There are also blue chips and dark-colored chips. Depending on the variant of poker being played, each of these chips may have different values.

The final betting round of a game of poker is called the showdown. This is when the player with the best hand wins the pot. All but one player folds before the showdown phase. The remaining players remain in the game, but only the winning player is able to show his hand. After this betting round, the players reveal their cards, clockwise around the table.

Generally, the top-ranked hand in a poker game is called the best hand. If the hand is good, the player can win the game by making a bet, and if not, fold the hand. Poker hands are usually made up of five cards – either the five cards that the player has been dealt or a combination of those five cards and the community cards. In high-card poker, a kicker card is included in the hand. In other poker hands, the kicker is the highest card left in the deck. Similarly, in four-of-a-kind poker hands, the kicker card would be the fifth card.