Poker is a card game where players compete against each other to win money. It involves luck and skill, but it is also a social activity where you must be able to read your opponent’s actions and emotions.

The game is played with a standard set (or deck) of 52 cards, sometimes with the addition of one or two jokers. There are different rules for each type of game, but they all involve betting and bluffing.

In Texas hold’em, the game of poker most often played today, each player begins by making a small bet called an ante. Those who make this ante are required to keep the cards they receive secret from their opponents until the deal is complete, at which time they can check, call or raise.

During a betting interval, the first player to make a bet is called to the table, and any other player who meets the previous bettor’s bet is referred to as a “caller.” The next person to make a bet in that betting interval may be a “raiser,” and if they bet more than the previous bettor, they are a “raiser-raiser.”

A player may bet or raise at a limit determined by the number of chips in the pot. This is a common practice in draw and stud poker, but may not be the case in lowball or split-pot games. This limit is also increased if any player’s exposed cards include a pair.