Poker is a game of chance and skill, played with cards and chips. It is a popular activity for amateurs and professionals alike, and can be played in private homes or at prestigious casinos across the world.

There are hundreds of variations of poker, but the basics remain relatively unchanged. Typically, players begin by purchasing a certain number of poker chips.

The dealers deal two cards to each player. Then each player decides whether or not to bet in each round, called an ante. They can call, which means that they bet the same amount as the previous bettor; raise, which is more than the previous bettor; or drop, which means that they fold and lose any chips that put into the pot.

Some forms of poker include a “kitty,” a special fund that is used to pay for new decks of cards and food or drinks at the table. Chips left in the kitty when the game ends are divided equally among those players still at the table.

The most popular type of poker is Texas hold’em, which world-champion Doyle Brunson once called the “Cadillac of Poker.” In this studlike game, each player shares five community cards. The goal of the game is to create the best hand using these five cards, which differ depending on the type of poker. Common hands include full house, flush, and straight. In addition, there is the possibility of three of a kind and high/low combinations.