Depending on the game you are playing, you will need to put in an ante. Usually, this is a small bet. The ante is the amount of money you have to put into the pot to start the round.

When you first enter the game, you are given five cards and must make a bet. You can choose to check, fold, or raise. You can also use one card from your hand to improve your hand.

The goal of Poker is to create the best possible hand. The player with the highest hand wins the pot. Ties are broken by a high card.

In a tie, the two players with the same hand will split the pot. The winner is the player with the highest unmatched fifth card. The highest unmatched card in the hand will win the pot. The highest hand with five cards in sequence is called a straight.

The most common Poker variant is Texas Hold’em. It is played with a 52 card English deck. The cards are ranked from the Ace to the ten.

In some poker games, there are wild cards. These cards can take any suit. Some games have specific rules about which wild cards are allowed.

The most popular variation of Poker is the Texas Hold’em, which is played with two decks of cards. The decks are usually colored differently. A white chip is worth two or four reds, a blue chip is worth five or ten whites, and a red chip is worth twenty or twenty-five whites.