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Poker Hands

Basic poker rules are not as complicated as they may seem. You need to learn by rote some basic poker hands and rules to get started. Later, review the section on poker betting, and then move on to the definite Poker Rules for the game you are interested in.

Poker is played usually from a standard pack of 52 cards (some variant games utilize multiple packs or add a few cards called jokers). The cards are always ranked (from high to low) Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. (Ace can be high or low, but is usually high). Four suits -spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs are there; however, no suit is higher than another suit.

Some poker games allow wild cards, which can take on whatever suit and rank their possessor desires. Occasionally jokers will be used as wild cards, other times, the poker game will specify which cards are wild (deuces, one-eyed jacks, and so on).

Kinds of Poker Hands

1) Royal Flush- A, K, Q, J, 10 of same suit make up this hand. It is regarded as the highest Poker hand.

2) Straight Flush- Five cards of same suit in sequence are called straight flush. An example is 54321 of diamonds.

3) Four of a kind- These are four cards of the same rank- 1-1-1-1 of diamonds, spades, hearts, clubs.

4) Full House- Three of a kind plus a pair make this type of Poker Hand.

5) Flush- Any five cards of the same suit, not found in sequence such as Jack, 9, 4, 1,6 of Spades.

6) Straight- Five cards in sequence, but not of the same suit such as 6 of clubs, 7 of clubs, 8 of diamonds, 9 of spades and 10 of diamonds).

7) Three of a Kind- This hand has three cards of the same rank- Queen, Queen, Queen.

8) Two Pair- Two pairs of different rank like 8, 8 of Hearts and 3,3 of diamonds

9) One Pair- Two cards of the similar rank make this hand. Example- Jack(hearts), Jack (Club).

10) High Card- In case no player has a poker hand that emerges as one of the above hands, the hand with the highest card is a winner .