Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world. Millions of people play it either live or over the internet. It also has a large following on television, which brings it to many more people.

Poker can be a fun and entertaining game, but it takes skill and strategy to be successful at it. The game can be played in hundreds of different variations, but there are some basic rules that apply to all versions.

Generally, the cards are shuffled prior to every hand, and players may be required to put money in the pot prior to being dealt their initial hand. Depending on the variant, this may be done in the form of an ante or a blind bet (sometimes both).

The cards are then dealt to all players one at a time, with each player having their turn to reveal them. The best five-card hand from all of the cards dealt wins.

After the first deal, the dealer deals the flop. The flop is the top three cards from the deck, which are placed face down on the table.

Once the flop is dealt, a betting round begins, with all players continuing to place bets until someone folds or matches the amount of the biggest raise. Then the dealer deals a third round of cards, called the river.

At the end of each round, all bets are gathered into the central pot. When the amount of the pot is equal to or more than the ante, the pot is then divided evenly amongst all players.