At the start of the poker tournament every player draws a card. The player with the highest card is then the dealer of the first hand. The right to deal a hand then rotates clockwise among the players and is marked by a token called a 'dealer' button. The button is rotated clockwise among the players to indicate a nominal dealer to determine the order of betting.
One or more players are required to make forced bets (usually called a 'blind' or an 'ante') to create an initial stake for which the players will contest. The dealer shuffles the cards, the player on the right of the dealer cuts the cards. Then the dealer deals the appropriate number of cards facedown to the players one at a time. Starting with the player to the dealers left. After the initial deal, the first of what may be several betting rounds begins. At the end of each round, all bets are gathered into the central pot.
At any time during a betting round, if one player bets and no opponents choose to call (match) the bet, the hand ends immediately, the bettor is awarded the pot, no cards are required to be shown, and the next hand begins.
At the end of the last betting round, if more than one player remains, there is a showdown, in which the players reveal their previously hidden cards and evaluate their hands. The player with the best hand wins the pot.
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