Using five cards, the aim of poker is to beat your opponent’s hand by betting until all players call or fold. The best hand wins the pot.

A good way to play poker is with a group of friends or family. You will need to have some chips or tokens to place bets. Generally, these chips are made of plastic or ceramic. These can be exchanged for cash.

After each betting round, the dealer deals cards to each player one at a time. The cards may be face up or face down.

A card of value can break ties, especially if multiple people are tied for the highest card. For example, a pair of kings isn’t a very good hand off the deal, but a pair of jacks is a pretty good one.

The pot is the aggregate of all bets placed by all players in a single deal. It is split equally among all players who have not folded, or in the event of a draw.

The best natural hand is a straight flush. A five-card flush starts with the highest card, and includes the ace of spades, which can be either high or low. If you have a straight flush, you are the winner.

There are other ‘outs’ to the poker game. For instance, some games have Wild Cards, which can substitute for any other card. Moreover, some variant games use a more advanced pack of cards. Some have jokers, which are wild cards, and add another level of complexity.