In Poker, players make forced bets, such as an ante or blind bet, before the game begins. During each betting round, the dealer deals one card face-up to each player. After revealing all of the cards to the players, the dealer then shows the hole cards and the winner is determined by the highest-ranked hand. In addition, poker hands develop between betting rounds. The goal is to create the highest possible poker hand to win the pot.

The game can be played with any number of players. Six to eight players are ideal. A poker game is called a pot when all players make a bet during a single deal. The player with the highest poker hand, and no other player calls his or her bet, wins the pot. During a hand, each player must place his or her chips in the pot equal to the amount contributed by the players before him. This player is called an active player.

In the game of poker, a standard 52-card deck is used. Occasionally, jokers are used. Several variations of the game are popular, including two-pack games, which are usually played in clubs. The best players often play this variant. The dealer shuffles the cards from the first pack and passes the rest of the deck to the next player. In these games, the dealer must also know how to fold an ace.