The Basics Of Poker
Understanding the basics of poker can help you tremendously when you next sit down to play this game of luck and skill and chance. In order to succeed in this game, it is important to understand the basics including learning about how hands are ranked and what poker blinds and antes are, and more.
The highest hand in this game is a royal flush that consists of a straight flush which are made up of Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and ten of one suit. The next highest ranked hand is the straight flush which can be any other straight flush other than the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten of a single suit.
The third highest hand is four of a kind in which the player has four cards of the same rank. So, if you hold a pair of aces in your hand and there are two more aces on the table, then you will have four of a kind. This is followed by a full house which means having three cards of the same rank along with another pair.
In case two players have a full house, the one with the higher three of a kind will win the hand. If two players have identical hands, they will split the pot.
After the full house, the next highest hand is a flush which is made up of five cards of a single suit. If two players have a flush, then the one with the highest cards in the suit will win the hand.
The straight is a sequence of five cards which can be of different suits. For example, a person holding an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of different suits will have a straight. This is followed by three of a kind which means having trips or a set of three identical cards.
If you hold two pairs, then you would have a hand that is better than a single pair but worse than a player with three of a kind. One pair is the next highest hand and of course the person with the highest pair will win. In case two players have the same ranked pair then the rank of other cards will help decide the winner.
Lastly, the lowest poker hand is a high card in which if one player does not have a pair but has an ace he can beat others with a king or lower card.
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