Poker is a card game in which players independently try to assemble the highest-value hand of cards. The goal is traditionally to win money (representing chips) from the other players. The game can be played with as few as two or as many as ten players. Each player contributes a sum of chips into the pot, or the pool of all bets made in a particular round, that is usually equal to the minimum ante or bet.

There are hundreds of different poker games, but most of them share the same basic game play. The first step is to shuffle and cut the deck of cards. Then the cards are dealt one at a time, starting with the player to the left of the dealer. There is often one or more betting intervals between deals. After the last bet, the remaining cards are revealed and the winner is determined.

The game has become more popular since the early 21st century, largely due to the advent of online gambling and TV broadcasts of major tournaments like the World Series of Poker. The game’s popularity has also been boosted by the invention of hole-card cameras, which allow viewers to follow the action at each table and see exactly what cards are being dealt.

Poker is a great way to build your comfort level with taking risks. You’ll likely lose money in some games, but the lessons you learn will help you to make better decisions in future.