Poker is a gambling game where players bet into a pot with chips. The player with the best hand wins the pot. It is usually played with a standard pack of 52 cards. Some variant games use multiple packs of cards or jokers.

Each round of betting begins with a bet from one player. After this round is completed, the turn passes to the next player. During this round of betting, each player can discard three cards. In the final round of betting, a winner is determined by the best hand.

A hand is a combination of five cards. These can be made up of cards from the same suit or different suits. Cards that are the same suit in a poker hand are called straights. Other poker hands include a flush, a full house, a four of a kind, or a straight flush.

When two or more players have the same card, a high card breaks a tie. This can break a straight or a straight flush. If the cards have the same rank, but not the same suit, a second pair wins the ties.

The best natural hand is a straight flush. An Ace high straight flush is known as the Royal Flush. However, in some games, the ace is treated as the lowest card.

Poker is an international game. It can be played with any number of players. Usually, each player must place the same number of chips into the pot.