Poker is a card game in which players compete for money by betting on their cards. It is also a source of entertainment and recreation for many people around the world.

In poker, the objective is to make the best poker hand possible, usually based on the combination of your five cards and the cards in the other hands. The highest possible poker hand is a full house, which is a five-card hand made up of three of a kind and a pair.


A player starts the poker hand by being dealt one card face down (hole card) and one card face up. Then the deal is interrupted for a betting interval, in which players may bet or call (match) the first bet of the round.

The dealer then places three cards face up, referred to as the flop. This is the first of a series of five cards that will be used to form the final poker hand.

There are several ways to play the hand, depending on the specific rules of the poker variant being played. Each player can choose to bet, raise, call, fold or check.

Bet: The minimum amount that a player can bet is called the ante, and it represents the number of chips or cash that he is eligible to put into the pot at any time during a betting round. If a player bets without any other players raising, he is considered all-in.