Poker is a card game played by a group of people around a table. The game is played in private homes, casinos, and poker clubs. It is also played over the Internet.

A pot is the sum of all bets made in a single deal. Each player is required to contribute a certain amount of money to the pot. If there are no bets, the pot is “checked” or folded.

The first player to bet is said to be “the bettor”. If there is a call, the bettor who called is said to be “the raiser.” Generally, the player who bets the most has the right to make the next bet.

Before the game, each player is assigned a number of chips of a particular color. Usually, the chips are black or red. However, in some cases, the players are required to contribute a predetermined amount of money into the pot.

After all the bets are settled, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. In some games, the lowest hand wins. Some variations allow the player to make a side wager called insurance. Alternatively, a player may win a side pot.

Players can bluff by making a bet that their hand is the best. A player can also check, indicating that they do not want to make a bet. Regardless of the method, a bet is still required.

Once a bet is made, the dealer must show the cards. Then, the cards are dealt one at a time. Cards are dealt clockwise. This means that the first person to bet is the player who gets the first card.