Poker is a card game that uses betting and skill to create strong hands. The goal is to win the “pot” (all of the chips bet so far) using your own two cards and the five community cards. Players may also bluff to force weaker hands out of the game or improve their hand with a lucky draw.

During each betting interval, one player has the privilege of making the first bet and all players must place in the pot a number of chips representing money that is at least equal to the contribution made by the player to his or her immediate left. In fixed-limit games each player may raise a bet by no more than twice the amount raised by the player to his or her immediate right, or by double the previous betting interval’s limit, whichever is greater.

In the event of a tie, the higher ranking of the next card in the hands determines which hand wins. For example, a pair of sevens beats a four of hearts.

A tournament is a competition in which players compete in a specific game and earn points for each round that they finish in the top 3. Tournaments are hosted by stores, conventions, and other events and have multiple rounds with different formats to test players’ skills. Often times, the top players will receive awesome prizes!