Poker is one of the earliest known games to unified betting, hand rankings, and bluffing. Poker is also known as a family of card games that share betting rules and commonly hand rankings. Poker games differ in how the cards are dealt, how hands may be formed, whether the high or low hand wins the pot in a showdown, limits on bets and how many rounds of betting are allowed. Its popularity versed a new spike at the beginning of the 21st century, mostly because of the subdivision of online poker and hole-card cameras, which turned the game into a spectator sport. Not only could viewers now follow the action and drama of the game on television, they could also play the game in the comfort of their own home.

How to play Poker

One or more players are normally needed to make forced bets, commonly either an ante or a blind bet . The do the card shuffling, the player on the chair to their right cuts, and the dealer deals the appropriate number of cards to the players one at a time, starting with the player to their left. Cards may be traded either face-up or face-down, depends on the form of poker being played. After the initial deal, the first of what may be several betting rounds begins. In the middle of the rounds, the players' hands develop in some way, often by being dealt additional cards or replacing cards previously dealt. At the end of each round, all bets are gathered into the central pot.

During a betting round, if one player bets and no opponents prefer to call the bet and all opponents instead fold, the hand ends instantly, the bettor is granted the pot, no cards are required to be shown, and the next hand begins. This is what makes bluffing achievable. Bluffing is a particular feature of poker, one that differentiates it from other competed games and from other games that make use of poker hand rankings.

By the time of the last betting round, if more than one player remains, there is a face-off, in which the players uncover their previously hidden cards and assess their hands. The player with the best hand according to the poker variant being played wins the pot. A poker hand consists of five cards; in the variants where a player has more than five cards the best five cards play.