Poker is a card game played by a group of people around a circular table. Each player is dealt a hand of five cards. The player with the best hand wins.

Players place a pre-determined amount of chips into a central pot. Each player’s turn to bet is determined by the dealer button, which is usually a white plastic disk.

Before the initial round of betting, a blind bet is made by one player. If a player raises the bet, the other players must match the wager.

After the initial betting, each player has a turn to either fold, call, or raise. When all players have folded, the round of betting ends.

If a player raises, a side pot may be created. A player who drops out of the side pot surrenders all rights to the original pot.

The remaining player collects the pot without revealing their hand. He or she then tries to improve their hand by trading cards.

When two or more players have a flush, the highest card wins. In poker, a straight is five consecutive cards from the same suit. This type of hand is rare.

Most modern games involve an ante, or forced bet. When a player has a strong range of holdings, he or she can make a large forced bet.

Poker is a popular game, and there are hundreds of different variations. However, the basic rules remain the same.

Poker is commonly regarded as sharing ancestry with other card games, including primero and brelan. It is thought to have begun in Persia, and then moved to the New World via French settlers in New Orleans.