The Basics of Poker


Poker is a card game played by players. The cards are dealt to the table clockwise. In casual play, the dealer is a player designated by a button that rotates from player to player. The dealer is also known as the house dealer. A dealer button is a white plastic disk that is used to indicate the nominal dealer. Betting is usually done in rounds, with each player placing their bets in the appropriate direction until the round ends. Bets are then collected into the pot.

There are several types of poker. Typically, a game requires a standard 52-card pack. Some games also include jokers. While this is the standard format, some games use two packs of contrasting colors to speed up the game. The first pack is dealt, while the second is shuffled. When a player leaves the game before the end of a round, they do not get their share of the kitty.

In a game of Poker, a player receives two cards from the community deck and a pair of hidden cards. Each player then chooses five cards from these to form a hand. The best hand wins the pot.