Basically, you play poker with a group of people around an oval table. Each player has seven cards that they are dealt one at a time. The best poker hand wins the pot. During the game, players make forced bets.

The poker rules vary according to the location. Some countries have short packs, while others use a standard 52-card deck. Some games use jokers.

In a normal game of Poker, the player to the left of the dealer button posts a small blind. The dealer then cuts the deck. This is usually done clockwise.

The player to the left of the button is also required to post the big blind. He or she will then shuffle the deck. The dealer then deals two cards to each player.

The cards are then cut and passed to the next player, who is also responsible for assembling them. The dealer button is normally a white plastic disk. This is the same button used in live games.

The high card wins ties. A high card outside of four of a kind breaks ties. If more than one person has a high card, the best hand wins.

When a player has a hand that includes two distinct pairs and a fifth card, they have a “straight.” A straight is all cards of the same suit. The best hand is a straight flush. The Royal Flush is an ace high straight.

When a player has a five of a kind, they have a “straight flush.” A straight flush ace can be high or low.