Poker is a card game played with a number of players. The best hand wins the pot. Players have the right to call, raise or fold.

Each player is dealt 7 cards. Two of the cards are face down, and the other five are dealt face up. The back hand is the nearest to the player, and the front hand is the farthest away.

After the initial round of betting, the hand is revealed. The players earn points for the hands they reveal.

During the first round of betting, each player makes a bet, and the betting is repeated until all players have folded. A final betting round is followed by a “showdown” to determine the winner of the pot.

During the draw phase, the cards are dealt face up. A dealer button passes each player at the table. Cards are dealt to the left in rotation.

The dealer shuffles the cards and cuts them into two piles. A deck of 52-card English cards is used. Some games use a wild card.

Players can bet on the ante or on the blinds. In most standard poker games, the ante is a forced bet. Also called a blind, a forced bet is a bet that a player must make before making a call.

A player may also choose to sandbag. This is when a player raises a bet without calling. If the sandbagger raises by more than the required amount, they may count as part of the required amount.