The rules of Poker vary from variation to variation. Depending on the variation, a player may have the privilege of placing the first bet, or the obligation to do so. In addition, each player must place a certain number of chips into the pot equal to the total amount of chips contributed by the players before him. These players are called active players. When all the players have placed their chips in the pot, the game is over. The winner is the player who won the most money in the pot.

The game of Poker is played with five cards. The five-card hand is a grouping of five cards – the five cards dealt to the player and two community cards. The best hand wins the pot. During the game, each player receives a kicker, which is the highest card remaining in the deck in a high-card hand. In four-of-a-kind, the kicker is the fifth card. However, in any hand, the kicker is the highest card remaining in the deck.

The game begins with the ante. The first player deals cards and the rest follow. The ante is the first bet that each player makes in the game. Players are allowed to see their cards after a round. Then, they can discard up to three cards from the deck and take another one. When the round is over, the players reveal their cards and another round of betting begins. A winning hand is the one that has the most points or the most royalty units.