Poker is a card game played on a table with a large number of chairs. Players compete with each other by reading their opponents and predicting their odds. The goal of the game is to win as many chips as possible by being the last person standing at the end of the hand. Poker has many different versions and has been played in several countries.

In a typical poker game, a player has five cards and tries to make the best hand. If he or she manages to make this hand, they win the round and the pot. In a game where everyone is competing for the pot, the winner of each hand receives all of the money put down by all players.

Most poker games require that the players buy in with poker chips. It is recommended to supply at least 200 chips per game. The lowest value chip is the white chip. The next highest value chip is the blue chip, which is worth ten, twenty, or twenty-five whites. The other chips are blue and dark. The first player to buy in is called the “ante,” and each player is supposed to put the same amount of chips in the pot.

Typical poker games award the pot to the highest hand. However, some variants award the pot to the lowest hand instead. If no one has a pair, the highest hand wins. In other games, the high card wins in a tie.