During a Poker game, players make forced bets (called ante or blind bets) before the game begins. After placing these bets, the dealer shuffles and cuts the cards. One by one, the players receive their cards. The cards may be dealt face-up or face-down depending on the poker variant. During the game, poker hands develop between rounds. As long as the players have the same kicker cards, the strongest hand will win.

When a player declines to make a wager, he discards his hand. This action is also known as folding or dropping a hand. When a player folds, he no longer competes for the pot. In the case of no-limit games, no limit poker is played. It is played by a variety of players. The ideal number of players in a game of poker is six to eight. In each game of poker, the pot is the total amount of bets made by all players in one hand.

Poker is a game of comparing cards, and the rules of the game vary from one variant to the next. In its earliest form, 20 cards were used. Nowadays, the standard deck is used, although shorter packs are used in some countries. Depending on the game, the deck configuration, number of cards in play, and shared among players differ. All of the poker variants involve one or more rounds of betting. Once a player is the winner, they are awarded cash, poker chips, or some other units.