Poker is a card game in which the players compete for money (chips). The players place bets into a “pot,” which is the aggregate of all bets made by all players in a given deal. The best hand wins the pot.

The first step in playing poker is to understand the game’s rules. Each player starts off with a certain number of chips.

Next, the dealer deals three cards to all players. These cards are called the flop, and all players can use them to make their five-card hands.

After the flop, betting begins with each player to the left of the dealer. Each player to the left must either “call” the bet of the previous player by placing into the pot the same number of chips; or “raise,” by putting in more than enough chips to call.

When a player raises, the bet is increased by a predetermined amount. The next player to the left of the original player must then either “call” the raise or “drop” (“fold”), which means that they put no chips into the pot and discard their hand.

Betting continues until all of the players have either called or folded. After that, the next player to the left of the original player is dealt a new hand.

There are many variations of the game of Poker, but in most cases it is played with a minimum of six players. However, some variations are played with more than 10 players.