The Basics of Poker

Generally, poker is a card game played between a group of players. The aim of the game is to have the highest-ranking hand of cards, and to win the pot. The game is played over a series of rounds, with each round having a betting interval. During each betting interval, the player may check, bet, fold, or call.

The first player to make a bet is called the bettor. The bet is placed in front of the player and is normally made in a clockwise direction. The player must match the bet by betting the same amount or less, or else the bet is deemed to be a bluff.

The best hand in the game is a straight flush, which consists of five cards of the same suit. The straight flush is a great natural hand, as long as the ace of the suit is high or low.

A high card is said to break a tie. This is especially true if the card is the only one in the pot, or if two players have a four of a kind with the same rank. The high card also breaks ties when more than one person has the same high card.

The pot is the aggregate of all bets made by all players in a single deal. The pot may be won by making the best possible bet, bluffing, or just plain luck. The pot is divided equally among the players if a draw is made.