How to Play Poker


Poker is a card game where players compete to make the best hand. It is played using a standard 52-card deck. Some versions of the game have an additional deck of jokers. Usually, poker games are played with one deck, but some casinos use two different colored packs for speed purposes. During a game, one pack is dealt, while the other is shuffled. The previous dealer shuffles the deck and places the dealt cards to the left. When the round is complete, the current dealer must pass the shuffled deck to the next player.

The game is played with a group of players at a circular or oval table. Each player receives one card from the shuffled deck, with the highest card being selected as the dealer. Once the deck is cut, the player clockwise from the dealer advances to the next step of play. The winner of the round is the player who made the best five-card hand.

Poker can be played with any number of players, but the ideal number is six to eight. Each player has a chance to make a bet. The amount of bets made by each player during a given deal is known as the “pot.” A player can win the pot by making the highest poker hand, or by making a bet and no one else calls.