Poker is a game where you play cards against other people and bet money on them. It is a form of gambling and a very skillful game, as it requires good psychology to make decisions about betting and avoiding folding.

The cards used in poker are from a standard deck, but some variants use several packs or add additional cards called jokers. The deck has 52 cards, ranked from high to low and in four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs).


Each player is dealt one card face down, called a hole card, and one card face up, the “card” of the suit. The dealer shuffles the cards and deals them to players in turn, beginning with the player on their left. This is followed by a betting interval, and the players take turns revealing their hole cards, until all the cards are revealed and a showdown takes place.

Straights, flushes and royal flushes are the natural hands in poker. A straight is 5 cards in a row, such as 5-6-7-8-9, and may include an ace. A flush is 5 cards of the same suit, and a royal flush is an ace high straight-flush.

A draw is a special type of poker where each player, in turn, begins at the dealer’s left to discard one or more of their original cards and receive replacements from the undealt portion of the pack. The dealer then shuffles the cards and deals them again to the players in turn, beginning with the player on the left of the dealer. This process is followed by a betting interval and a showdown, with the player with the best hand winning the pot.