Generally speaking, poker is a betting game where players make bets based on the value of their poker hand. The goal is to create the best hand possible. The player with the highest hand wins the pot. Aside from the main pot, side pots may also be won by different players. The player who loses the main pot is not involved in any of the side pots.
Before the game begins, the dealer decides the value of the chips that each player receives. The chips are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The ante is the initial bet that each player makes. The ante is typically a small bet, although it can be larger in certain games.
Each player is dealt one card facedown and another card faceup. The player to the left of the dealer is first to act. This player may call or raise the bet. If he or she chooses to fold, the opponent is said to drop out of the pot.
After each round of dealing, the dealer shuffles the cards and deals them faceup to the remaining players. The flop is the first set of three cards placed faceup after the first round of betting. The highest unmatched card in a poker hand breaks a tie. The lowest possible hand is 7-5-4-3-2 in two or more suits. In some games, the ace is treated as the lowest card.
A pot is the aggregate of all bets that are placed by all players in a single deal. If no other player calls the bet, the pot is won. The amount of the pot is calculated by counting all of the chips in the pot.
The player to the left of the dealer has the big blind. The player to the left of the big blind is obligated to be the first to make a bet. The player who is next to the big blind is the small blind. The player to the left of the small blind is the first to act in each betting interval.
The second betting interval is followed by the showdown. This is when the cards are revealed to the other players. The players are then able to choose whether or not they want to match the bet. If a player does not match the bet, he or she is said to fold. If a player does match the bet, he or she can choose to raise, check, or stay in.
The third betting interval is followed by the fourth. This is the final betting interval. This is when the cards are revealed and the pot is decided. If no other player calls, the winner is the player with the highest-ranking poker hand. If a player does match the bet, the other players are unable to raise or check, but must stay in.
The final round is the final betting interval, which is followed by the showdown. The showdown is the end of the game. The player with the best hand is the winner.