The game of Poker is played in a table with players sitting around it. Before each hand is dealt, each player is dealt two cards face down. These cards are known as their pocket and hole. The dealer then deals three cards face up in the center of the table. These are known as the flop, and each player must use these cards to create a five-card hand.

When two players have two distinct pairs, they win the game. If a pair is not possible, then the higher card wins. Likewise, if two players have high cards of the same type, the second-highest hand wins. In general, the higher card wins the game. However, in some cases, the higher card breaks a tie.

The game of poker has been around for several centuries. It is believed to have originated in Persia. But the game of poker that is common in Europe dates to the 17th century, and was most likely adapted from the French game poque. The English word poker derives from this game, and it migrated to other European languages through the French settlers who brought it with them.

Poker is played using a standard deck of 52 cards. Some games, however, add additional cards called jokers. The cards are ranked from Ace to King to Queen, and from high to low. Despite being ranked high and low, each card has four suits, including high and low. The player with the highest hand wins the round, and wins the money betted by the other players.