Poker is a game of chance that is played by a group of people around a circular table. Players place bets into a central pot and try to win by having the best hand. Several betting rounds are played until a winner is determined.

A typical game of poker uses 52 cards. The cards are ranked from Ace to Ace. There is also a wild card. Some games allow players to use a wild card to form their hand.

When there is a tie, the highest unmatched card breaks the tie. The best hand is a straight flush, five cards in the same suit. If there are more than one straight flush, the highest card wins.

Most poker games include an ante. Before the start of the game, the player who is expected to make the first bet must put in the ante. This amount varies depending on the game.

After the initial dealer has shuffled the deck, each player receives a card. These cards are usually dealt face-down.

Each player is given a certain number of chips. These chips are typically blue, black or green. Dark-colored chips are worth two, four or five reds, while white or light-colored chips are worth 10 or 25 whites.

Before the first round of betting, a player may decide to bluff. He or she can bet that their best hand is the highest or that he or she is the most likely to win.