Often called “the game of chance”, Poker is a classic card game that can be played at home or in a casino. The game involves a standard 52-card deck, and is ranked from Ace to Ace. The goal of the game is to make the highest possible hand. The player with the highest hand wins the pot.

The game is usually played with chips. The chips are typically white or red in color. They are used to pay for food, drinks, or new decks of cards.

Before the first round of cards is dealt, each player must “buy in” with a certain amount of money. This ante is the purchase-in bet, and is generally one dollar or five dollars. Each player receives seven cards. Each player can use two cards from his hand and two from the deck.

The second betting round occurs after the flop. Players bet into the pot in clockwise order.

A third betting round follows. The last round of betting is called a “showdown”. The players with hole cards show their hands.

If all of the players are still in the game, the last betting round will be called the “showdown”. The best hand will win the pot.

The rules of Poker vary from game to game. Some variations involve a Wild Card. Others include jokers. Some games have special ranked wild cards.

All hands will contain at least three cards of the same suit, but no more than five. A flush is a group of cards of the same suit.