maandag 14 maart 2011

What Poker Is All About

Like most games, the aim of poker is to win. Whether you're playing for fun or for money, poker will test your skills and strategic abilities.
There are many varieties of poker games but they all follow the same basic format:
  • Players contribute toward a central 'pot' that contains play chips or chips representing actual money
  • Players are dealt cards (a 'hand'), some or all of which are concealed
  • Wagers are made on the strength of the cards in rounds of betting
  • After the betting rounds are over, the player with the strongest hand - or the last player left standing after the others have folded - wins!
No matter which type of poker you want to play, it's crucial that you understand the deck and that you know the rank of hands.

The Deck of Cards

A deck consists of 52 cards. These cards are divided into four suits, each of which contains 13 ranks.

The Four Suits


The suits are all of equal value. That is to say, no suit is higher than any other suit.

The Thirteen Ranks

In poker, the ace is the highest card and the 2 (deuce) is the lowest. However, the ace can be used as a low card to form the straight 5432A.
The rank of hands remains the same no matter which type of poker game you play.
In a nutshell, a poker hand consists of five cards. Poker hands fall into one of several categories, such as flush, straight, or two pair. The player with the highest ranking hand is the winner.
Example cards: Ace of hearts, King of hearts, Queen of hearts, Jak of hearts, Ten of hearts

Royal Flush

A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.
Example cards: Nine of clubs, eight of clubs, Seven of clubs, Six of clubs, Five of clubs

Straight Flush

A straight flush is a five-card straight, all in the same suit.
Example cards: Queen of diamonds, Queen of spades, Queen of Hearts, Queen of clubs, Ten of hearts

Four of a Kind - Quads

Quads, or four of a kind, are four cards of equal rank.
Example cards: Jack of spades, Jack of hearts, Jack of clubs, Eight of hearts, Eight of clubs

Full House or Full Boat

A full house, or full boat, contains a set (three) of cards of one rank and a pair of another rank.
Example cards: Nine of hearts, Six of hearts, Queen of hearts, Ten of hearts, Eight of hearts

Flush

A flush is any five cards, all of the same suit.
Example cards: Jack of hearts, Ten of spades, Nine of hearts, Eight of clubs, Seven of hearts

Straight

Five cards of sequential rank. Every possible straight will contain either a 5 or a 10.
Example cards: Queen of hearts, Queen of spades, Queen of diamonds, Eight of hearts, Five of clubs

Three of a Kind or Set

Three cards of the same rank.
Example cards: Nine of hearts, Nine of spades, Three of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

Two Pair

A two pair is two cards of one rank and another two cards of another rank.
Example cards: Nine of hearts, Nine of spades, Four of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

Pair

One pair is two cards of the same rank.
Example cards: Nine of hearts, Eight of spades, Four of diamonds, Three of spades, Six of diamonds

High Card:

The hand with the highest card(s) wins.

Info from party poker .

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