Poker is a game of chance that’s played with a deck of cards. The goal is to win the pot by making the best possible hand. In addition, a player may win by bluffing.

Poker is played with a minimum of seven players. However, it can be played with as few as five. To play poker, you will need a table, chairs and poker chips.

When you’re ready to start, place your ante in the pot. Once the ante is paid, the dealer shuffles the deck and deals cards to the table. Cards can be dealt face up or face down. Typically, the red chip is worth five whites, the blue chip is worth two, four or five reds and the white chip is worth 10 or 25 whites.

After each round of dealing, a betting interval begins. Players may check, raise or fold. They can also bluff by betting that they have the best hand. If all the players call, the player with the best hand wins the pot.

Once all the players have finished the betting interval, the cards are dealt to each player in turn. During the final betting round, more than one player will remain in contention. This is because each player is able to discard up to three cards.

A showdown occurs when all the players’ hands are revealed. The highest card trumps the other cards.

Depending on the poker game, a player’s hand may be a full house, flush, straight, or a three of a kind. The lowest hand is 7-5-4-3-2 in two or more suits.