How to Play Poker


When playing a poker hand, the dealer deals the first two cards face up to each player in turn. The player to their left of the dealer then deals his or her turn by putting down one or two chips. The player to his or her left then bets the second blind, which is normally double the first blind and represents the minimum bet. The dealer can shuffle the cards, but must first offer a pack to an opponent for a cut.

During the betting rounds, players may place bets in the pot and determine the winner. There may be a privilege for one player to bet first. Every player must contribute an equal number of chips to the pot, but not more than the previous bettor contributed. This player is then considered an “active” player. During this time, the player who contributes to the pot wins the pot. Poker is played in a round-robin fashion with a betting interval.

A hand can be “nuts” if you have the same card or higher in each of the five community cards. If you have a hand that consists of all six cards, then it is known as a “nuts.” If you have a trip seven, then you have a top-ranking hand. If you have a pair of sixes in your hand, then the board is not “good”; any player with higher in their hand beats the counterfeited hand. The dealer will usually use a “button” (a small plastic disk) to indicate the dealer. The dealer will pass the button clockwise after each hand.