Poker is a card game that requires both luck and skill. It is a gambling card game that involves betting in one or more rounds and can include raising and re-raising bets. A basic poker set includes a table, chairs and chips (representing money).

The rules of poker vary between games but most involve an ante or blind bet and a dealer. Each player is dealt two cards, face down — these are called their hole cards. Players may choose to stay in the round if they think they have a good hand or to fold & forfeit their share of the accumulated pot.

A good poker player is able to read his opponents and predict odds. He also uses bluffing to his advantage. The object of the game is to get more chips from your opponents by making better hands than they have.

A standard poker pack contains 52 cards, ranked from highest to lowest: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. There are four suits, but no suit is higher than another; ties are broken by the highest unmatched cards or secondary pairs (in a full house). Some variant games have wild cards that take on whatever rank and suit the possessor desires.