Poker is a card game that can be played by two or more players. The object is to win the pot, which consists of all bets placed during one deal. A player may win the pot by having the highest ranking hand, or by making a bet that no other player calls. There are many variants of poker, but most involve five cards and a betting interval. During each betting interval, one or more players must place into the pot the number of chips representing money (regardless of whether they actually have a good hand).

The dealer shuffles the cards and then deals them to the players, starting with the player on their left. The players then decide how much to bet and in what order. The first player to bet must raise the bet, if possible. After a few betting rounds, the players show their hands.

A poker hand can be any five cards of the same rank, but it must not include a pair or two three-of-a-kind. Some poker games allow wild cards, which can be any rank and suit.

Players can often make a guess about the strength of other players’ hands by observing their body language. Some tells are shallow breathing, sighing, nose flaring, and an increased pulse in the neck or temple. A player who puts their hand over their mouth is usually bluffing. When players are in a bind, they may try to disguise their nervousness by fidgeting or staring at the floor.