It’s recommended that anywhere from two to 10 people play the game. The dealer hands out the cards to each participant, but they remain hidden until the end of the game. Whenever everyone has received their goods, the betting rounds may begin. Two players (often those seated to the left of the dealer) are required to make a stake (often called blinds). This is done so that the game will be more dynamic and interactive. The first round of betting starts when the blinds are posted. When all players have either called (matched the wager) or folded (discarded their hand), the betting round ends.
After the initial round of betting concludes, if more than one player still has cards in their hand, three community cards are dealt face up (this is termed the flip). These cards are shared among all players and are used to form winning hands; they are referred to as “community cards.” A turn occurs when a new card is given to a player or players if there are more than one player left in the game. There is a new round of betting after the turn. The river is the last communal card and is dealt only if there is still a pot. If two or more players are still in the hunt for the bank after the river, a showdown will take place. Five cards are dealt face up to the table, and two are dealt face down to each player, creating the poker hands (or combinations). When the final wager is called, those players still holding cards begin to do so.
Winning in poker may be accomplished in two distinct ways. Gather the best possible hand, or make an impossible bet that compels other players to fold weaker ones.