When playing Poker, you should know the odds that determine the winning hands. If two players have identical hands, the player with the highest hand wins. In addition, suits have no relative rank in Poker. In some games, wild cards are used to make the best hand possible. For example, a five-of-a-kind hand beats a straight flush by a single card. When two players have the same hand, ties are broken by the highest unmatched card or by a secondary pair.

In almost every version of Poker, the players use poker chips. If the game has seven or more players, the game organizer should provide chips for everyone. A white chip is the lowest-value chip, while a red chip is worth five. Players can buy in by buying chips, which are worth 10 or twenty or even a hundred dollars. In general, players buy into a game by buying into the pot. In most cases, each player buys in for the same amount.

The game is played around an oval or circular table. The initial dealer must be chosen from a shuffled deck. The highest card is the first dealer. This process is repeated until the game is over, or one player wins the full amount of money they put down as the buy-in. During each round, the dealer must shuffle and cut the deck before beginning the next round of betting. This is the same procedure for a tie.