The game of Poker involves betting with cards. Each player is dealt a hand of cards from a pack at the start of the game. Afterwards, the players turn to bet, which usually passes from one player to the next. During each round of betting, the dealer shuffles the deck of cards and offers the pack to the opponent to their right. If the opponent accepts the cut, they become the next dealer.

There are many variations of the game. The two main types are draw and stud. In stud, players must combine all five cards in their hands to create the best hand. In draw poker, players can discard a card and replace it with a new one from the undealt portion of the deck. Typically, five or seven cards are used for each hand.

Poker can be played with any number of players, although six to eight players is ideal. The sum of the bets of all players in a game is called the pot. The player with the best poker hand wins the pot. However, ties are broken by dealing out the same cards again. To win the pot, players must have the best poker hand, or bet without any other player calling.

Players may place additional bets to increase their chances of winning. Aside from the main pot, there are several side pots. Side pots are made up of money placed by the remaining players. Side pots are smaller than the main pot and can contain many players.