The basic rules of poker are simple: each round is played with a dealer, who deals the cards to players and shuffles the deck. The dealer can be a player or a non-player, and each round is designated by a dealer chip that is passed to the next player. Certain betting rules are based on the location of the dealer. In a professional game, the dealer is a different player each time. If the dealer is not the same player as the others, the dealer will make the decisions on the betting rounds.
When all but one player remains, a showdown takes place. In a poker showdown, players reveal their hidden cards and evaluate their hands. The player with the best hand wins the pot. A poker hand is the best five-card combination of a player’s cards, which can be a flush, straight or four of a kind. If the player has the best hand, they win the pot. If more than one player is left, the showdown occurs, and the player with the best hand wins the pot.
In a poker game, there can be as few as two players or as many as nine. The ideal number of players for this game is between six to eight. The money in the pot is the total amount of bets made by all players in a single deal. When a player has the highest poker hand, or has a bet that no other player calls, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. This is called “all-in poker”.