Poker is a family of card games played around the world. It is a comparing game, meaning that players evaluate their hands to determine the best hand to play. All poker variants involve some form of betting, which is a way for each player to contribute to the pot.

Each poker game has different rules, and the number of cards that are dealt and shared between players varies. A common poker variant is Texas Hold’Em. This is the most commonly played type of poker. In this game, the first player to make a bet is called the “first bettor”.

The main purpose of this game is to create the highest hand possible. When a player makes a bet, other players can call, raise or pass. If no other players call, the player with the highest hand wins the pot. Occasionally, a showdown is held to decide the winner.

The game is played by five or more players. Each player receives five cards face down. Players may choose to discard the cards they have received, and replace them with other cards from the table.

The dealer then deals two cards to each player. Cards are then dealt from left to right. After a round of betting, the dealer cuts the deck and passes the cards to the next player.

During a poker deal, the first bettor is required to make a bet of at least the minimum amount for the first betting interval. The next player must match the bet, or raise.