Poker is a family of card games that is played around the world. A number of different types of poker are played, but all involve a round of betting. Each type of game has its own rules and deck configuration. Most are played with a normal 52-card deck, but there are some that are played with shorter packs.
There are a few different betting structures for poker, including fixed-limit, no-limit and pot-limit. Some variations may also include split pots, which award the pot to both the highest and lowest hands.
The term poker may be derived from the German pochen and French brelan. Regardless of the origins of the name, it’s generally considered to be a descendant of Primero, a gentleman’s game of the 17th century.
Players begin by placing an ante, or forced bet, into the pot. If they are not making a matching bet, they must fold their hand. Otherwise, they can draw new cards and replace their existing cards.
The cards are then dealt clockwise around the table. In some cases, the cards are dealt face down, while in other cases, they are dealt face up. This is done to determine the order in which the players will place their bets. Typically, the house dealer will handle the cards for each hand.
During the first round, all but one player will fold. After the cards have been discarded, another round of betting will be held. Once the rounds have finished, the players will show their hands. The winner is determined by the highest hand.