Poker is a game that involves betting or raising a pot. It can be played with any number of players. The goal is to earn points by revealing as much of your hand as possible.

A poker table is usually set up with six to eight players. If you are playing with more than that number, two separate games can be organized.

Before the game, players buy chips from the dealer. Each chip has a specific value. Typically, red, blue, black and green chips are used. For a game of seven or more players, a white chip is the lowest valued chip.

Players have betting intervals during each deal. When one player bets, the next player must either call or raise. In pot limit games, the maximum bet is usually set.

A pot is the aggregate of all bets made by all players during a single deal. Pots are won by the highest-ranking hand. If there are two identical hands, the highest unmatched card breaks the tie. This is called the “showdown”.

In most variants of Poker, there are at least two betting intervals. During each betting interval, the player to the left of the big blind acts first.

After the first round of betting, a flop is placed face up. After the flop, each player is dealt a new card.

The flop is the first set of three cards that is placed face up after the first round of betting. After the flop, the first player to raise or check is said to raise.