How to Deal Poker Like a Pro: Tips and Tricks

Poker is a game that has been around for centuries and continues to be enjoyed by people all over the world. If you’re looking to up your poker game, then look no further! This guide on how to deal poker like a pro will give you all the tips and tricks you need to take your skills to the next level

Whether you’re playing in a casino or at home with friends, poker is a great way to have some fun and potentially win some money. Read on to know how to deal poker like a pro in your next games!

How to Deal Poker

It is important to know how to play Poker.

If you play enough home games, you will eventually find yourself in a position where the duties of poker dealers rotate around at the table with the button. It’s important to know what you are doing when it’s your turn. It’s also helpful to know what to watch out for when you see others play poker.

Let’s now take a look at Texas Hold’em.

1. Shuffle and Deal

You’ll find the standard practice of poker dealers spreading the deck across the table. This ensures that 52 poker cards are in your deck. You’ll also want to do this whenever a new deck is introduced.

It is a good idea also to inspect the deck at regular intervals throughout the session.

It takes some practice to master the shuffling technique. However, whether you use an automatic shuffler or a hand shuffler, it is important to shuffle the deck twice before you introduce a new deck. Cut the cards before you deal.

Many poker forms have a dealer button. Then, mandatory bets, known as the small blind or big blind, are placed around the table.

After the blinds are posted, each player is dealt a card one at a time. The clockwise player starts with the button. The process continues until every player at the table has two cards.

These poker cards are called a player’s “hole cards”. Professional poker dealers deal the hole cards around the table.

2. Preflop

The preflop betting round starts when all players have at least two cards. The round begins with the player clockwise from the big blind having the option to call (also known “limping”, or matching the size of the bigblint), raise (bet at minimum 2x the amount big blind), or fold by “mucking” their hand. Players can raise up to their entire stack if they are playing No Limit Texas Hold’em.

The pile of mucked poker cards should remain in the middle of each hand, preferably below the hand in which the dealer is holding the deck (known also as the “stub”). All chips that are placed as a bet should go to the middle, either in the centerleft or centerright depending on which hand is being used. The chips should always be placed opposite of the muck pile.

Each player at the table has the option to call or raise, and the player on the bigblind is the last to act. If one or more of the players in front of the big blind raises, the large blind must match that raise or fold their hand.

The big blind can check to see if there are any calls in front by putting no more money into a pot and moving on to the next round. If all other players fold, the big blind automatically wins the pot.

Once all players have either matched or folded the largest raise, they move on to the next round of betting, also known as the “flop”.

3. The Flop

The dealer “burns” any top card from the deck to deal the flop and places it face-down on the table. The remaining three top cards from the deck are then placed face-up in the middle. The next round of betting begins for those players who have advanced to the flop.

The flop should be placed on the table as follows:

The small blind is the one that acts on the flop, and all subsequent betting rounds. They have the option of calling/raising/folding. If the small blind folds preflop, the next active player clockwise from the small blind begins the betting round.

The player at the poker dealer button is always the last to act in any of the three final betting rounds unless the player raises. In that case, the other players in the hand have the option of calling the raise or re-raising.

All the chips placed in this round accumulate in the middle. The next round begins when the highest raise is matched or all players fold to a raise.

4. The Turn and River

After the flop betting round has ended, the dealer will burn another card and then face up the next card directly to the right. This card is called the “turn” or Fourth Street, and the betting process continues from the flop.

The final round of betting takes place after the dealer has dealt the “river” (or Fifth Street) and burned another card.

After the river betting round is over, the players will show their cards (called “the showdown”) and the dealer will announce the winner based on the hand rankings.

This is how the turn card, flop and river are laid out on the board.

The last player to raise or place a bet in the river betting round is traditionally the first to reveal their cards. The showdown proceeds clockwise.

Players who showdown after the first player are eligible to muck, but they cannot win the pot immediately. If everyone checks in, the player clockwise from the poker dealer button must showdown first.

The dealer announces who won the hand and flips the winning hand over to the winner. It’s important to take your own time when dealing Texas Hold’em. Make sure you know who won the hand and what their final hand strength is.

After the winner has raked in the pot, the cards have been shuffled and the poker dealer button and blinds move one spot clockwise. Then we start a new hand.


Poker dealers are responsible for card dealing for the players during the game. This guide will help you understand how to deal poker hands and the responsibilities involved, whether you are playing with other players at home or professionally at a casino.

By taking on this responsibility, you can ensure that everyone has a fair chance at winning and that the game runs smoothly. Thanks for taking the time to learn about this important role!