Poker is a popular game of chance. Players bet into a pot and the player with the highest hand wins. There are a number of variations to the game, each with its own rules and card dealing procedure. Some poker games have wild cards, which are cards that can substitute for any other card.
The game starts with each player being dealt one card face up, or up to three face down. After the dealer has shuffled the deck, each player has a chance to check or raise their bet.
If the first player checks, the action is passed to the next player. After a round of betting, the last player collects the pot without revealing their hand. This is known as a showdown.
The first person to act on the deal is the player left of the dealer button. Once that player has dealt a complete hand, the action continues with the player to the left of the big blind.
The first bettor makes a minimum bet during the first betting interval. After that, a new round of betting takes place.
A turn to bet is then passed to the player to the left of the dealer. Each player can also opt to shuffle the deck, which can be done before the deal.
The cards are then dealt in clockwise order. When a tie occurs, the high card breaks the tie. For example, if two players have four of a kind with the same rank, the high card outside that set of cards breaks the tie.