Poker is a popular gambling game played in casinos and at home with friends. The object of the game is to gain as many chips as possible from your opponents. Most games are played with a deck of cards, but some variants use multiple packs.

A 52-card deck is the norm. Each card is ranked from Ace to King, and the best hand wins the pot. Ties are broken by a high card or two.

A pot is the aggregate of all bets made by all players in one deal. It can be won by making a bet that no other player calls.

There are several betting options, such as raising, checking, and folding. Bets are made in a clockwise order.

The highest card in the hand wins the prize, though only if the suit matches the card on the table. In some games, the ace is treated as the lowest card.

A straight is five consecutive cards in order. Two straights of the same value split the pot.

The game has a unique lingo. Players call when they have a hand matching the bet. They can also fold or draw a new set of cards if they don’t have enough cards to make a good hand.

Besides the requisite cards, poker also requires a table and chairs. Players may choose to play with chips or cash. Chips are more convenient, and they are easier to change.

Some variants include the Wild Card, which may take any suit.