Poker is a card game with a variety of rules and variations. The player who has the highest hand at the end of the game wins the pot. In most forms of poker, players must make an ante, or small, fixed bet, before they are dealt cards. After the ante, players bet into a middle-stage pot and compete for it. Betting proceeds in a clockwise fashion, starting with the player to the left of the button.
Each round of poker has a dealer. The dealer is responsible for dealing cards to players and shuffling the deck. The dealer can be a player or a non-player. Dealers take turns each round, and are designated by a dealer chip. After each round, the dealer passes the chip to another player. Some games require different betting rules based on who has the dealer.
There are many rumors as to the origin of poker, but it is probably European in origin. It may have started as a card game used by pickpockets. A 17th-century French game known as poque is believed to have been the origin of poker. This game evolved alongside the German game pochen, and it was brought to the New World by French settlers.
A game of poker is based on skill, strategy, and luck. There are several different versions of poker, and the best strategy is to switch between the different versions from deal to deal. There are even silly versions of the game, such as Strip Poker (a game of poker played on a single strip of cloth). This variation of the game requires players to hold cards behind their head, and is only suitable for adults.