When a player checks, he must fold his bet. This is known as the flop, and after the flop, the dealer will reveal three cards, the “turn.” Players can now plan their hands. The highest possible hand is the flush, which is made up of five identical cards in a row of the same suit. If more than one player has a flush, the higher card wins. The most common winning hand is the straight flush, which is composed of two pairs of consecutive high cards.


The standard game of poker uses 52 cards, but some variations include jokers or other special cards. All poker cards are ranked from Ace high to Ace low. The five-card sets that are used to play the game have a five-card set. Each hand is made up of five cards. However, some games add Wild Cards (Wild Aces) that can be any type of card and can change the suit of the other cards.

A player may be required to put some money into the pot before the game begins. This amount is known as the ante. Once the cards are dealt, the first player to act is the “bettor” and is said to be “the ante.” A caller matches an opponent’s bet and stays in the hand. When a player checks, no one is betting. Typically, a game is over when no player has checked or raised, so it’s important to learn the terms and their meaning.