Poker is a card game where the objective is to have the highest hand. In the game, each player is dealt five cards. When a player has the best hand, he or she wins the pot. The other players are then required to place bets until the last person left in the game folds or calls. If a draw occurs, the pot is divided evenly between all players. The aim of the game is to win as much money as possible.

There are five different types of hands in poker. A pair is the highest possible hand, but the next highest hand is a straight flush. In addition, a five of a kind beats a straight flush. The higher card in the hand wins the pot. If there are multiple players with four of a kind, they are a flush.

The game of poker can have any number of players, but the optimal number is six to eight players. The pot is the total amount of money bet by all players in a single deal. A player can win the pot by holding the highest poker hand, or by making a bet without being called. The player who makes the bet first is the active player.

During the game, the player can check the pot. However, if a player is raising, the player must either call or fold. The chips are usually red, white, black, blue, or green. They are usually assigned values by the poker dealer before the game starts.