Poker is a gambling game where players must play the cards that are dealt to them. Players are allowed to ante an amount that varies from game to game. They then bet into a central pot where the highest hand wins. The betting process occurs clockwise, starting with the first player. Each player has three betting options: make an initial bet, raise the bet, or fold.

The player to the left of the big blind is the first to bet. The dealer will deal three cards face up in the middle of the table. These cards are called the flop. Each player then uses these cards to construct a five-card hand. This process continues until all players have made a five-card hand.

In five-card poker, the player with the highest hand wins. The higher hand wins when the player has two pairs of cards and at least one wild card. In five-card poker, a straight is five cards in a row, while a flush is five cards of the same suit. In case of a tie, the highest unmatched card or a secondary pair will break the tie.

When a player has a pair of aces, he or she may check the pot or fold the hand. Then, if a player raises, he or she must call the raise or fold. Poker players receive cards in red, white, blue, or green. The dealer assigns these values before the game starts. The first player to bet must bet the specified minimum amount during the first betting interval, but may check in later rounds.