Poker is a game of skill and chance. It is played in casinos, clubs, and private homes throughout the world. Usually, players use ceramic or plastic chips, which can be exchanged for cash.

All poker games involve some form of betting. Players bet either on the outcome of their hand or on whether they believe their opponent has a better hand. The main objective is to make the highest possible hand.

Players bet in rounds called betting intervals. In each betting interval, the first bettor must place a small bet (known as the ante) to play. Once the bet is equalized, the interval ends. During the next round, each player is dealt a card.

After the draw phase, each player is then given a card face-up. Each player then takes a turn revealing his cards. This is called “showdown” and occurs at the end of the third betting interval.

A player’s hand is made up of five cards. If the hand is a flush, it is a set of five cards of the same suit. Other common hands include straight, three of a kind, a pair of aces, and a pair of kings or jacks.

Each player’s best hand is the one that wins the pot. Sometimes, a player may bluff and bet that he has the best hand.

If there is a tie, the winnings are divided evenly between the two players. Ties are broken by the highest unmatched card, secondary pairs, or wild cards.