Poker is a card game in which players compete to make the best hand. The player with the best hand wins the pot. The winner gets all the money in the pot, plus the amount contributed by the players who called in the previous round. The game is usually played with five or six players. The rules of poker are relatively simple.

Each round of poker has a dealer who shuffles the deck and deals the cards to the players. This dealer can be a player or non-player. Usually, a player takes turns being the dealer. He or she receives a dealer chip that designates them as the dealer in a particular round. The dealer then passes the dealer chip to another player. Certain betting rules apply depending on where the dealer is located.

A straight is a five-card sequence of the highest value. An ace may be high or low, and may not wrap around. When two straights tie, the higher straight wins. For example, AKQJT beats KQJT9 if it is higher than 5432A. If two straights have the same value, the pot is split. Three-of-a-kind hands win the pot if they are matched with two cards.

After a player has placed his or her bet, he or she must raise the same number of chips that were placed in the pot. Then, if all the players have not folded, the dealer deals the cards. The remaining players then reveal their hands clockwise around the table.