Poker is a game played by a group of people around a table. The players make bets to try to get the best hand. A winning hand is called a royal flush.

Typically, the first player to make a bet is known as the ‘first bettor’. When a player does not make a bet, he is called ‘dropping’.

Poker games vary in the number of cards in play, the deck configuration, and the number of rounds. Most are played with a 52-card deck. In some countries, the deck is shortened to 20 cards.

Cards are distributed to each player clockwise. After the first round of betting, the dealer cuts the deck. During the second round, the dealer deals the flop. During the flop, the dealer can discard one or more cards.

After the flop, another round of betting occurs. At the end of this round, the pot is collected. Depending on the rules of the game, players may continue to bet in the following rounds.

Poker can be played with any number of players. However, the ideal poker number is between 6 and 8 players. Some games feature a fixed buy-in. These can be found in tournaments and cash games.

Several types of chips are used for poker. Common chips are red, green, or black.

Poker games can also be played online. Poker online has gained popularity since the introduction of the Internet. An online poker room often provides a screenname for its players.