Poker is a card game where players make bets in a pot. The winner of a round takes the entire pot, and if the game ends in a tie, the pot is shared amongst the remaining players. There are many variations of the game, and in many of them, each player is required to bet a certain amount of money before the round begins. This is known as an ante bet, and it helps prevent games from going on for too long, and it keeps each player invested in the game.
In the game of poker, players begin by making an ante (the amount will vary between games), and then make a bet into the pot in the middle. The player with the best hand wins the pot. Betting is done in a clockwise manner, and continues until all players call or fold. Unless the player who has the highest hand has folded, the betting will end in a showdown.
Each round of Poker has a dealer, who is responsible for shuffling the deck and dealing the cards to the players. This person can be a player or a non-player. In some games, one player can be the dealer for the entire game. Generally, players take turns being the dealer. The dealer chip is used to designate the dealer. At the end of the game, the dealer is replaced by a new player.