In poker, the players take turns in dealing cards to each other. They can also check the pot, raise, or fold, depending on the situation. Each player is dealt a number of poker chips – usually red, white, blue, green, or black – which are worth a certain amount. The dealer determines the values of these chips before the game begins. Players can also exchange cash for poker chips.

There are no fixed numbers of players, though most variants are played with between six to eight people. The total amount of money bet by all players in one deal is known as the pot. The player with the best hand wins the pot. However, there are variations of the game, and one of them is called “all-in” poker.

A player may also choose to fold, which means that he or she no longer wants to compete in the pot. This is also known as dropping or folding. However, a player who drops out of a side pot may still win the main pot. Depending on the number of players in a game, different players may win the main pot and the side pots.

When there are multiple players, the game moves to a showdown. Players reveal their cards, and the player with the highest hand wins the pot. A hand in poker consists of five cards, and a winning hand is the highest possible combination of those cards.