Poker is a card game, the main goal of which is to win bets by collecting the strongest poker hand each round and slowly taking all your opponents money. Sometimes rather quickly. An important element is knowing when to fold to avoid losses and when to bet big. There are many variants to poker, the playing cards are always present. One well know version is the 5 card draw seen in many video poker machines.
Poker is played with different decks of 32, 36 or 54 cards, but the deck of 52 cards is most commonly used. The game usually involves from 2 to 10 players. Depending on the poker type, the game consists of several rounds. Each of them starts with forced bets and giving additional cards. After that, each player has the opportunity to bet or stop playing further. The winner is the one whose card hand turns out to be the best or the one who can force other players out with bets or bluff and will remain the last one until the showdown.
There are still splits over the origin of the game itself and even its name. Presumably, poker originated in the United States or Europe, and the first mention of it dates back to the 16th century. Over time, the game started to gain incredible popularity and became the most popular card game. Today there are a lot of poker types: Draw poker, Stud, Texas hold'em, Omaha, Badugi and so on. Some of them are even played at the official level since many international poker tournaments are held annually in some very famous casino. Poker has also become quite a popular phenomenon on the Internet and there are special programs created to simulate human play. Even tools to help players make decisions during the game.