Poker is a card game where players compete for a pot of money by making bets with their cards. The game consists of several rounds, during which the player with the best hand wins the pot.

The game begins with each player putting down a certain amount of money, and then being dealt a hand from a standard 52-card deck. Each player then takes turns betting in the round and revealing their hand. When all of the betting has been completed, the player with the highest 5-card hand wins the pot and collects all of the money bet during that round.

There are many types of poker games, but the most common is Texas Hold’em. In Texas Hold’em, the goal is to make the best possible five-card hand using two personal cards and five community cards.

Once the pre-flop betting phase has been complete, 3 cards (called the flop) are dealt face-up (revealed to all players at the table) at the center of the table. These cards are community cards and each player uses them to build his or her best 5-card hand.

In some forms of poker, each player has a blind, which is a forced bet that must be placed before the cards are dealt. Some games also have a dealer, who shuffles the cards and deals them to the players.