Poker is a card game played by two or more people. Each player has a hand of five cards. The highest-ranking hand wins the pot. Players may also place additional bets on their hands during the betting phase of the round. If a player’s bet is matched by another player, they must either call the raise or fold their hand.

A tournament is a competition in which a large number of participants compete against each other over a series of matches with a small group of competitors, such as most team sports, racket sports, combat sports, many card games and board games, and competitive debating. Tournaments are a common feature of game conventions, and can be found in most gaming stores and other places where board games are played.

When a new set of cards is dealt, the first player to the left has the turn to deal them face up in front of their opponent(s). Each subsequent player can choose whether or not to bet chips into the pot by matching the previous players’ bet or raising it.

The value of a hand is determined by the rank of its highest-ranking card. If a hand is tied, the rank of the second-highest card determines the winner.

Some games allow the use of wild cards that can represent any other card in a hand. This changes the rules of the game and can add complexity to a hand, such as allowing it to become a straight or a flush.