Generally speaking, poker is a game of chance. The highest ranking hand wins the pot. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Players can win by making a bet that nobody else calls, or by bluffing.
Players are dealt a number of cards, usually five cards, one at a time. After each round of betting, players reveal their cards. In the final round, the player with the best hand wins the pot.
Poker is played with a standard 52-card deck. The cards are ranked Ace through King, and the suits are diamonds, hearts, clubs, and spades. Some games may have wild cards, which can be used to create a high hand.
The cards are dealt face-up in rotation to the left. The first player to act is the one in the first-to-the-left position. This position is immediately to the left of the big blind.
When a player makes a bet, the other players must match that bet. The bet is typically made in clockwise order. In the first betting interval, the turn is passed to the left from player to player.
The first betting interval is followed by the second betting interval. After the second betting interval, each player is dealt a card face-up. The next betting interval is then followed by the final betting interval.
In the final betting interval, each player must reveal their cards. If everyone calls, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. If everyone folds, the pot is split among different players.