Poker is a card game that involves both chance and skill. It requires the ability to recognize your opponent’s betting patterns and to make a decision based on the likelihood of their hand being strong or weak. In addition to this, a good poker player must have a high level of emotional control in order not to let frustration get the better of them.
In casual play the right to deal a hand is rotated among the players, marked by a token called a dealer button (or buck). This player is known as the nominal dealer and is responsible for dealing the cards in each hand. The button is passed clockwise after each round of betting, even when the house dealer handles the shuffling and betting for that hand.
After each betting round one player, determined by the rules of the poker variant being played, has the privilege or obligation to place a bet into the pot. Then each player in turn has the option to either match or raise that bet.
When all the players in a hand agree to show their cards the pot is awarded to the player with the best 5 card poker hand. If one or more players are all-in prior to the final betting round they drop out of the original pot and can only win the side pot(s). If there is no side pot the original pot is awarded to the last player who called a bet.