Whether you play Texas Hold’Em, Omaha or any other variant, the goal of the game is to make the best possible hand. There are hundreds of variations of poker, but the basic rules remain the same.

The first player to make a bet wins the pot. The ante, or “buy in,” is usually small, around $1 or $5. The first round of betting is usually done in clockwise order. The player to the left of the button deals the cards. The dealer has the last right to shuffle the deck and cut it.

The best hand possible is a straight flush. A straight flush is five cards in the same suit. This may be a high or low straight, but is not necessarily the case with a straight flush ace. If two four of a kind are of the same rank, then the high card outside the four of a kind breaks the tie.

The most common poker variants have a number of betting intervals. The first betting interval starts when the first two dealers are dealt the cards. The second betting interval starts when the last two dealers are dealt the cards. During each betting interval, each player is required to place a bet or two into the pot. Depending on the variant, this may be required before the cards are dealt.

The showdown, or the moment when the winning hand is revealed, occurs after the last round of betting. The hand that wins the pot is the best possible hand possible.