A game of poker has a great number of variants, each following the same pattern of play. Dealing right each hand typically changes among the the participants of the game and is marked by a sign which is usually called a ‘dealer’ button or buck.
In a casino, a croupier deals the cards for each hand, but a dealer button (usually a small white disk of plastic) is rotated clockwise among the players indicating a nominal dealer in order to determine the order of betting. One or more players are often times required to make obligatory bets to create an initial bankroll for which the participants of the game will then contribute their own counters.
The dealer shuffles the cards, he cuts, and a certain number of cards are dealt to the players simultaneously. Cards can be dealt either face-up or face-down, it depends on the rules. After the initial deal, starts the first round of betting. Between rounds of betting, the gamblers’ hands changes somehow, often by dealing extra cards or replacing cards, which were previously dealt.
Each round ends with all wagers appear in the main pot.
Constantly during round of betting, if a gambler wagers, his foes must make a fold, make a call or make raising. If one player bets and no one can match the wager, the round ends immediately, the bettor becomes the owner of the money in pot, in such a case he has no necessity to show his cards, and then goes the next round.
This possibility of getting a pot without showing the cards makes bluff possible. After the last betting round, in case of more than one player remains, comes a exposing of the cards in the players’ hands. The gambler with the best hand according to the poker variant being played wins the pot.
The most popular poker modifications are following:
Gamblers get 5 cards, all of which are hidden. They have a chance to change one or more of these cards a certain number of times.
Gamblers receive cards at the same time, some being displayed to the competitors. The core dissimilarity between draw and stud lies in the fact that participants of the game can not replace or discard any cards in stud.
Poker with common cards
Players may combine individually dealt cards as well as a number of “community cards”, which are dealt face up and may be used by all participants of the game.
Each player will attempt to comprise their best combinations consisting of 5 cards using the community cards as well as their hole cards.