Poker is a card game played by people all over the world. Although the rules and jargon vary widely, there are a few basic principles that apply to all forms of the game.
A dealer is the person responsible for shuffling the deck of cards and distributing them to each player in the hand. In some games, this person is a non-player and handles all dealer duties for the entire game; in others, each player takes turns as dealer.
Each player receives one card face down and one face up, as well as their hole cards. The dealer deals the cards clockwise around the table, with each player revealing his or her hole cards after the first round of betting.
The Betting rounds
Each betting interval begins with an ante bet by one or more players, at an amount established by the rules of the game. During the betting period each player may either check, which means not making a bet; “open,” which means placing a bet; or “fold,” which means dropping out of the hand losing any bets made so far.
The Final Bets
Each player takes turns clockwise around the table revealing their hands, with the first revealing his or her hand. The highest hand of five cards wins the round.
The game can be played by any number of players, but in most forms the ideal number is 6 or 7 players. The object of the game is to win the pot, which is the total amount of money bet by all players in a particular deal. The pot may be won by having the highest poker hand or by making a bet that no other player calls.