The rules of poker vary from casino to casino, but the basics remain the same. Players place forced bets, known as ante and blind bets, before being dealt their hole cards and a pair of cards. Once a hand is dealt, each player must call their blind bet before checking or re-raising. The dealer then shuffles and cuts the cards and deals them one by one to each player. Poker hands develop in between rounds.
The dealer is a person appointed by the house to deal the cards to each player in a poker game. The dealer button, also known as the buck, represents the nominal dealer. The dealer deals the cards clockwise around the poker table. The dealer button is a white plastic disk that indicates the nominal dealer. The dealer has the right to determine the betting order. When the hand is finished, all the cards are revealed clockwise around the table.
The number of players in a game of poker depends on the type of game being played. The ideal number is six to eight people. The pot, the sum of all the bets made by all players during a single deal, is called the pot. A player can win the pot by either having the best poker hand or by making a bet and no other players call. For larger games, there are sometimes two separate games organized. These two games are usually the same size.