A common phrase in the world of poker is “sucking out.” The poker term refers to a multi-way hand in which the hero is outnumbered, outplayed, and out of options. As a result, he or she ends up getting yanked into darkness, dragged screaming to the floor, or chomped into pieces by zombies. The end result is a humiliating defeat for the hero, but it is not the end of the story.

In a game of poker, a player who wants to remain in the game may check without betting. This is called a “bet of nothing.” A player can also raise a bet made by another player, known as sandbagging. Unless the rules forbid this practice, it is legal. In some variations of poker, the dealer must offer the shuffled pack to a player for a cut. However, in other poker games, the player who makes the cut must return the chips to the pot before he can take a new turn.

Depending on the hand and its ranking, the highest-ranking hand in a poker game is a royal flush, which consists of a pair of 10s, a Jack or a Queen, a King or a Queen. The royal flush cannot be beat by another royal flush of the same suit. Similarly, a straight flush is a sequence of 5 cards of one rank with one card higher. A pair of fours is also considered to be a pair, although this term is used to refer to a pair of cards of the same rank.