Poker is a card game where players compete to obtain the highest hand. The game uses a 52-card deck, which may contain jokers. Poker can be played with a single pack of cards, or two packs of cards with contrasting colors. Usually, one pack is dealt, while the other is shuffled. The previous dealer assembles his or her cards from the dealt pack and shuffles them. After dealing out the cards, he or she passes the shuffled deck to the next dealer.

The minimum hand to enter a game of poker is a pair of jacks or higher. When a player does not have this minimum hand, he or she must make the first bet before drawing any cards. Then, the player can hide the other cards. This betting sequence is called raising. If the player makes a raise, all of the other players are expected to follow suit.

The betting intervals in poker continue until the final player has folded. In each betting interval, a player must bet the minimum amount of chips required to call a previous bet, and must raise by the same number of chips. Afterwards, each player can showdown and determine whether or not he or she has the best hand.

In Poker, the player with the highest hand wins. In addition, players may make bets. The amount of money a player has is called the pot. When seven or more players are involved, the pot is the total of the bets made by all players. A player can win the pot if he or she has the highest-ranking poker hand, or he or she makes a bet and no other player calls it.