How to Play Poker


Using poker chips, a group of people sits around a table and play the game. The objective is to make the best hand from five cards. The hand is evaluated and winnings are divided among those players who have the highest-ranking hand. The pot is the total sum of all bets made during the game.

The cards are dealt clockwise around the table. The player to the left of the dealer gets the first turn to bet. The player to the right of the dealer gets the second turn to bet.

The initial dealer is the player who receives the jack. The dealer then cuts the deck and deals cards one at a time. The player to the left of the dealer is then dealt the next card. After the first round of cards, the player to the left of the dealer is then given the right to shuffle.

The cards are then dealt one more time. Each player then evaluates his or her hand and makes forced bets. The player who makes the best bet wins the pot. The player who made the first bet is considered to be the active player.

When there are ties, the highest card breaks them. When there are two identical hands, the high card wins. If there are three or four identical hands, ties are broken by a higher card. Similarly, when two identical hands have the same rank, the highest card wins.