Usually, poker is played with a group of people around a table. The objective is to make the best poker hand. The game can be played with as many players as you wish, but the minimum number is usually 5-6.
After the initial deal, players have three rounds of dealing to choose from. Each player gets one card face up. A betting phase follows each round of dealing.
The next betting phase starts with the player who has the best face-up card. If the player is not willing to fold, they can call or pass. During this phase, players have the option of accepting the bet, raising the bet, or putting a small amount in the center of the table.
If no bets have been made, a check is possible. If the player has no cards in play, the hand is discarded. If the player has two or three cards in play, they can discard any card that is not an ace. The last card is called the river. The river is the last community card.
After the third betting phase, the player who has the highest cards is the winner. The winner takes the pot. The pot is the sum of all bets made by all players during the deal. If the winner does not have the highest poker hand, the pot goes to the highest unmatched fifth card. This can be the kicker in a four-of-a-kind hand.
If the player is the only player left in the hand, he can shuffle the cards. If the cards are not dealt to the player, the dealer is the last player to shuffle the cards.