Poker is a card game where players attempt to win money by having the best hand. In a typical hand, a player has two pairs of cards of the same suit and a fifth card of another rank. If no one else in the hand has a pair, a tie is declared. If more than one person has the same pair, then the player with the highest card wins the hand. In other words, the best poker hand is the one with the highest card.

The game of poker involves betting, comparing cards and building the best hand. Each player starts with a standard pack of 52 cards, but some variations add jokers to the deck. The cards are ranked from Ace to King to Queen to Jack. Aces are high or low, depending on the suit. The game of poker has four suits, and no suit is higher than another. Each hand has five cards. Some variations include Wild Cards. These are cards that can be any suit, and can be used to build a better hand.

In most games of poker, players begin by putting in an ante. This varies from game to game, but it is usually an amount of money that is equal to the first blind. Bets are placed into the pot in the center, with the highest hand winning the pot. Players bet in clockwise order until everyone has placed their bets. This game continues until all players either call or fold. Once the ante is reached, it is time to raise.