In a traditional poker game, each player receives one card face up and one card face down. After three rounds of dealing, the active players reveal their cards and a betting interval is followed. The player with the highest ranking poker combination is the first bettor, but they may check in later betting intervals. A player with the best hand is the winner. The betting intervals are repeated until all players have revealed their cards. Then the winner receives the pot.

In the initial stages of a game, each player takes turns dealing the cards. Players are seated around a table. The dealer deals the cards face up. The player to the dealer’s left bets the first blind and the second blind, usually double the first blind. The dealer will then deal the first three community cards face up. When the player to the dealer has three of the same suit, the dealer will “burn” one card from the top of the deck to determine which player is the first to act.

The number of players varies, but six to eight players is ideal. In a traditional poker game, the players bet into a pot, which is the total of all the bets made by all players in a single round. The player with the highest poker hand wins the pot. Alternatively, the player with the best hand may win the pot by making a bet that no other player calls. If a player makes this decision, he is considered to be an active player.