Poker is a card game played by a group of people around a table. Each player creates a hand with cards from both his pocket and the community deck. The player who has the best hand at the end of the round wins the pot.

There are four main types of poker. These include draw, draw-style poker, stud, and community card poker. They differ in the way the cards are dealt and the betting intervals.

A standard poker hand includes five cards. A king, queen, jack, and an ace. Jokers may also be used as wild cards.

Poker can be played in private homes, casinos, and poker clubs. It can be played with as few as two players or as many as eight. Players can win the game by bluffing, by making a bet they think others will not call, or by making the best hand.

In a standard game, a dealer is chosen by all players. He or she has the last right to shuffle. If the deck is not shuffled, the cards are passed out face up. When all the cards are shuffled, the dealer cuts a single card from the top of the deck.

After a round of play, the remaining player collects the pot without revealing his or her hand. If there are more than one player in contention, a showdown occurs. During a showdown, the player with the best hand wins.

Players can choose to shuffle their own cards or the dealer can do it for them. The dealer can also pass out all the cards at once.