Usually, a pack of 52 cards is used to play Poker. The cards are ranked from Ace high. Some games have wild cards that can replace any other card in the hand. In other games, a player can also draw additional cards from the deck.

Players choose the five cards that they want to form a hand with. The highest card in a hand determines the winner. The winner takes the pot and all of the bets. If there are ties, the second highest card in a hand wins.

There are two decks of cards that are used for Texas Hold’em. The back colour of each deck is different.

A dedicated dealer button is placed on the table and moves clockwise after each hand. This indicates which player is the starting position. The first person to act is the player to the left of the big blind.

A player in the first to act position is seated immediately to the left of the button. The dealer cuts a portion of the deck and deals cards to each player one at a time. The dealer then shuffles the deck and discards a few cards. The player on the dealer’s left has to leave at least five cards in the pot.

In the final round of betting, all but one player can fold. In some games, there is a side pot created from additional money bet by the remaining players. This is separate from the main pot.