Usually played with 5-7 players, Poker is a game in which players attempt to build the highest ranking hand of cards. The rank of a hand is determined by its odds. There are several variations on the rules of poker. The most popular version is called Three Card Brag, which was introduced during the American Revolution. Today, it is still a popular gentleman’s game.

Before the game begins, the dealer assigns values to the chips in the pot. The chips are usually white or red. The dealer deals each hand one at a time. The cards are face up until the jack is seen.

The cards are then shuffled by the dealer. The player with the best hand takes the pot. The pot is divided equally in case of a draw. The hand is also shown to the remaining players. In some variations, the lowest hand is awarded the pot. The ace may be treated as the lowest card in some games.

The flop is the first set of three cards that is placed face up after the first round of betting. The straight flush is the highest possible hand and starts with the highest card.

After the flop, there are several rounds of betting. In some games, the winner is determined by the highest card. In other games, the pot is split between the hands with the highest and the lowest.

The showdown is the final round of betting. The dealer deals cards to the remaining players. The second-highest card will determine the winner. After the cards are dealt, each player can check, call, or fold.