The rules of poker vary slightly depending on the type of game played. The standard deck contains 52 cards, and sometimes jokers are included. The first dealer is known as the “dealer,” and the game can also be played with two packs of cards. Normally, the dealer is the one who deals the cards, although the best players often use a single pack. If there is no dealer, the cards are dealt face up. A dealer is designated by a button, which is a plastic disk that is passed clockwise after each hand.

If a player has a high hand, the odd chip is awarded. When two players have the same high or low hand, the pot is split as evenly as possible. The player with the highest card of any suit is awarded the odd chip. This rule applies to all cards, not just the highest. However, the player with the lowest card receives the other half of the pot. Poker has a number of special rules that govern the game. The rules should be followed by the game, not just in the poker room.

The best hand in poker is known as the “nuts”. This hand is the best one at any given moment. The best hand is an ace-high straight flush. A player who hits the river with the same hand as the big blind is known as a “calling station.”