To play Poker, players use tokens (usually round chips). The dealer is the person who deals the cards and shuffles the deck. The dealer may be a player or a non-player. Usually, a player takes turns being the dealer. The dealer has a dealer chip, which is passed to a new player after each hand. The dealer’s position affects certain betting rules.

The goal of the game is to have the best hand. The player who has the highest ranking hand wins. If all other players fold, the winning player collects all of the bets in the pot. Poker games can be played with anywhere from five to seven players. The first player to bet is called the “bet”, and the second player is known as the “caller”. Players can also raise by betting more than the previous player. The player who calls last is said to be “checking.” A player can only raise his own bet once during the betting interval.

Poker is played with a standard 52-card pack, which may include jokers. Poker games are typically played with one pack, but sometimes two packs are used for speedier play. While one pack is dealt to each player, the other is shuffled to make the game faster. The previous dealer assembles the cards in the first pack and shuffles the remaining pack. The previous dealer then passes the shuffled deck to the next dealer.