In poker, players compete against one another to form the best hand of cards. To win, they must bet until all players have dropped out. The player with the highest hand is the winner of all the money bet in that hand, known as the pot. If all players do not have the best hand, the pot is split between the players. If there is a tie, the pot is divided equally among them. In the case of a tie, the players remain in the game.

To play poker, players place their bets by placing a forced bet, known as an ante, on a particular hand. Players may also place blind bets to play. The game is played using a standard 52-card pack, sometimes with jokers added. Players take turns dealing cards and betting on hands. Two-pack games are used in clubs and by the best players. Players buy in by purchasing chips, which may be either face-up or down.

Some poker games also have a term for bad luck in the game. This term is very similar to the ante. The small blind is half the amount a player bets before the flop, while the big blind is the full ante. In the case of a hand, an overcard can make the difference between a flush and a straight. During a hand, a player may raise their bets in response to the ante, or call if the other player has a better hand.