Upon entering the game, one player is randomly assigned as Dealer (marked by the D next to their name). This designation is used to denote the position from which player turns begin. Games proceed through a series of hands until the last player remaining is declared winner.
Every hand begins with a phase where one or more players are required to place a forced bet, commonly referred to as an Ante or Blind. All player bets are collected and contained within the center of the screen, constituting what is commonly referred to as the pot. The deck is then shuffled and each player is dealt a hand of cards.
This phase is typically followed by the first of what might be multiple rounds of betting. In between each round of betting is a phase where each player’s hand changes in some way, usually through giving up some cards or trading cards in their current hand for fresh cards from the deck.
Players conduct their turns one by one in a clockwise fashion. During betting rounds players may place bets in amounts permitted by the game rules. If a bet is placed, all other players must either call (match) that bet (or, if they lack enough cash, go all-in attempting to match the bet) or fold (forfeit their cards thereby taking them out of the hand entirely and forfeiting any claim to the pot). They can also raise the current bet if they have the money to do so, provided they raise it within amounts permitted by the game rules.
If there are multiple players remaining in the hand after the last round of betting, the Showdown begins. During this phase all players remaining in the hand reveal their cards to eachother and winner(s) are determined based both on hand scores and on the proportion of each player’s contribution into the pot. In the event of an all-in or a tie, the pot is usually split among multiple winners (see How Winnings Are Calculated).
SAVING OR ABANDONING THE GAME
You can leave a game at anytime and have the option to Save the game so that you can return to complete it later. Note however that if you leave a game in progress without saving, that game is considered abandoned and you’ll be unable to return to it.
When abandoning a game you’ll leave with whatever cash your character still has, however you forfeit any potential Fame gains or losses that you might have otherwise accrued had you completed the game. So if you’re doing poorly, ducking out early can sometimes be a viable strategy for avoiding a total loss.
Opponents will never duck out early. They will always play until either a winner is declared or they lack the money to continue playing (go bankrupt).