Poker is a card game played by a variety of players, usually with a standard deck of 52 cards. The objective of the game is to create the best hand of five cards.

The first step of the game is to determine the highest ranking of the cards. This is done by showing the player’s cards. If a player has the highest ranked hand of cards, they win the pot. But if no one has a high hand, then a tie will be declared.

Each player is given a hand of five cards, which are dealt face up. In some games, a player may be able to discard up to three of these cards.

After the initial cards are revealed, the next stage of the game is a betting phase. All players must make a wager or “bet” before they can see the rest of the cards.

Another round of betting occurs, starting with the player with the most face-up cards. A player can raise the stake by adding more to the bet in front of them.

If a player has no more cards, they must fold. Otherwise, they can keep receiving cards.

Finally, a final round of betting ends with a showdown. When the remaining players call or fold, the winner takes the pot. However, if all the players check, the play goes to the next round.

Some variants of poker include Wild Cards, which take any suit. These cards can be used to boost a weak hand.