Poker is a card game played around the world. It is played using a standard pack of 52 cards, although there are many variations. The highest hand wins the pot.
Each player is dealt five cards. Players can call or raise if they think they have the best hand. All players can also fold if they think they are no longer in the running for the pot. Usually, all but one player folds.
If no one calls, the showdown occurs. The highest card breaks ties and the pot goes to the winner. Depending on the version, the pot may go to the player with the lowest hand or to the player with the highest straight or three of a kind.
Some poker games have wild cards that take any suit. They are called jokers. Other games have specific wild cards that are added to the deck.
The pot is the sum of all bets made by all players in a single deal. When two players have four of a kind, a straight, or a full house, a high card is used to break ties. Typically, the pot goes to the player with the highest card.
There are various versions of the game, with each variant having its own rules and betting intervals. The amount of money that a player is allowed to bet is usually a fixed limit. Unlike stud, poker players are not required to call a bet if they believe they are beat.