Poker is a family of card games where players wager on the best hand according to the rules of the game. There are many variations, but poker can be played with any number of players.
The most basic version is played with a normal 52-card deck. Games may vary in the number of cards in play and the number of rounds.
Some variants of the game add wild cards. These are a bit more complex. For instance, some games award the pot to the highest five-card flush, or the best three-card poker hand.
The hole-card camera helped popularize the game. Players can now watch the cards as the dealer deals them one at a time.
The poker craze has grown so large that several broadcasts of the game have become big hits on cable and satellite channels. In some countries, there are short packs of poker cards available.
A basic poker deck usually consists of cards ranked from Ace to king. It is also possible to play with multiple packs. Several types of poker include wild cards, which take any suit.
Typically, the best hand is a pair of aces and a pair of kings. Some variations may even split the pot between the highest and lowest hands.
Ties are broken by a high card. For example, a king and a jack beat a king and a queen. If no player has a pair, a tie is broke by a pair of aces.