I have played poker countless of times especially within a table of around 4-6 players. But then, there are some people I see that had played with only two players and no dealer. They get five-cards each and just like the original game, the winner is based on whoever gets high value or card ranking. Then, I don't know anything else. Can someone explain this to me? The mechanics.

  • "Poker" is a broad term for a large number of different games. Most of those games can be played with 2 or more people.
    – GendoIkari
    Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 14:05
  • I have heard it called suicide
    – paparazzo
    Commented Aug 3, 2017 at 15:21
  • Lolx! I don't know if that was tongue in cheek or not, but it made me laugh! And, then, reflect, then join this site just to say that we call it "heads up". Btw, since this question was posted we now have a dedicated poker site.
    – Mawg
    Commented Apr 14, 2021 at 7:56

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You seem to be familiar with a certain variant, such as the famous Texas Hold'em (where you get dealt two cards and a number of five table cards, which are shared between players). Those variants are sometimes called "Poker" in circles where it's not ambiguous to do so (such as a playgroup that exclusively plays Texas Hold'em), but nevertheless have their own name.

The variant of dealing a full hand of cards to players is known as Straight Poker (or just "Poker", as it's the oldest variant). It's not a particularily interesting variant by comparison, and therefore has been adapted into a multitude of variants over time. As a result, the "original" variant isn't played a lot today.

In general, Poker variants can be played with any amount of players of two or more, and whether they use a seperate dealer or shuffling and dealing is done by one of the players is up to preference or the environment you play in.

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