Despite the name, Poker is a gambling game. It is played by a group of people around an oval or circular table. The object is to create the best possible hand from five cards.

The standard pack of cards used in modern poker is a standard 52-card deck. Some variant games include jokers. The cards are ranked in order from Ace to Jack.

The most common poker variation is Texas Hold’em. Most games feature a central pot and all bets are placed into it at the end of a round.

The rules are slightly different in other poker variants. However, the basic rules are the same. In a game of Hold’em, each player is dealt a pair of cards. The player who has the best hand wins the pot.

A poker variant with fewer cards is known as Three-Card Monte. The best hand is a trip sevens. This is achieved by hitting certain cards on the turn and river.

The best hand is also the smallest pot. The pot is created by placing a “buy in” bet, also known as an ante, at the start of a round. The ante is usually $1 or $5. The ante will be the subject of a subsequent betting round.

There are many different rules that apply to each poker game. However, all games involve betting. The betting phase usually takes place in a clockwise fashion. In a game with seven or more players, a supply of at least 200 chips is a good idea.