The game of poker was invented around 1791 and combines several earlier games. It is believed that the name “Poker” was attached to this cheating game by Jonathan H. Green after observing it on a Mississippi riverboat. The game is played with twenty cards, ranging from Aces to Kings, and is played by two or four people. The goal of the game is to obtain the highest hand possible by completing a straight or flush.


Poker is played using 52-card decks. The cards in a poker game are ranked A-J, K-A-T-Q-J. The aces of a hand are higher than the cards in a straight or flush, and the kings and queens are lower than nine. In certain versions of the game, a joker or wild card is added to the deck. A player who is playing with an ace is called an active player.

The first-to-act position is the first position in the game. This player sits immediately to the left of the big blind, or “button” if there is no king or queen. The other players in the round sit to their right. The other players in the round are in the third position. They are called the flop. In all four ways, the flop is decided by a poker player’s hand. In the flop, the winning hand is determined by the player’s high card count.