Poker is a card game that involves betting between players. It has many variants, but all have the same basic elements. Players place an ante before each hand, and then bet on the cards that they have. They may also bluff, betting that they have a good hand when in fact they do not, hoping to win by making other players call their bets or concede.

The rules of Poker depend on the variant, but usually there are two or more betting intervals before a showdown, which is when all remaining players reveal their hands. The best hand wins the pot. Players may also pass a turn without betting, or “check,” to stay in the game and see if their opponents have any good hands.

A player who wants to bet the same amount as the previous player is said to call, while a player who wants to raise the stakes is said to raise. If a player has a strong hand, such as an Ace-King or Ace-Queen, it is important to bet aggressively. This is a great way to build your bankroll.

During a Poker game, the players often establish a special fund called a kitty. This is used to pay for new decks of cards and food and drinks. Any chips left in the kitty at the end of a Poker game are divided equally amongst the players who are still in contention. In this way, a kitty acts as an insurance against bad luck and prevents players from recovering their initial losses by doubling down on their first strategy.