Casino poker is served by the dealer. In this respect, the game is similar to many other casino games in which the dealer is responsible for dealing the cards and, in many cases, for playing against visitors to the casino. In many cases, casino poker is associated with certain equipment. This equipment is specific and necessary to the poker game. An example of this is a poker table. Each casino that offers poker games has a poker table. These poker tables are identified with special fields and marks. Casinos offering poker also have players use colored poker chips. These colored poker chips act as a substitute for the money being wagered. The poker chips are offered in different colors each color of which corresponds with a different monetary denomination.
At the beginning of the game, the deck of cards is shuffled and cut. Players ante up. Then the dealer deals a card. Depending on the casino poker game being played there are different numbers of rounds. No matter how many rounds are played betting progresses clockwise around the table. As play progresses players are allowed different moves. They may either check, call, raise or fold. Two different kinds of casino poker games are offered to players. These are Draw Poker and Stud Poker. Players who take part in Draw Poker are able to receive new cards after the first cards are dealt. In many instances a player's cards are dealt face down. Players are then able to bet after receiving their first cards and again after receiving their new cards. For Stud Poker games, players utilize their initially dealt cards. Some of the cards are face up and some are dealt face down. Players bet after each new face up card is dealt. They also bet following the dealing of their last face down card.
Casino poker games utilize either five or seven cards. The games may be played in one of two ways. These options are high or high/low. When players take part in high poker games the player with the highest hand wins the pot. However, when taking part in high/low poker games the pot is split. It is split between the player that has the highest hand and the player that has the lowest hand.
Overall players will want to win the pot. This is the general goal of any poker player. Poker players are able to accomplish this goal in one of two ways. They may either hold the highest hand or they can bluff to trick the other players into believing they have the highest hand. Strict poker rules are put in place throughout the game. There are particularly strict rules which are put in place in order to decide the order of betting. This betting order can vary depending on which poker game is being played. Betting order is important no matter which type of game is being played because each position has advantages and disadvantages. When a player's turn comes to bet the player may either check, call, raise or fold. When a player raises the bet all of the other players remaining in the game are required to either fold or call and put in the higher wager. In some instances the house will take in a certain percentage of the pot. This is known as taking the rake. Players are advised before beginning to play poker to become familiar with the rank of each poker hand, which hands are good and which hands are poor. This will help the player to determine how likely they are to win any given poker hand.