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The Basics of Poker

The Basics of Poker


In the game of Poker, a hand has a value based on the card ranks in the deck. If a player has three of the same rank cards, he/she is holding a full house. If he/she has four of the same rank cards, he/she is holding a flush. If more than one player has two pairs, then the player with the highest pair wins. Two pairs of the same rank are known as a straight, while three unmatched cards form a pair.

A straight flush is the highest hand possible when a standard pack of cards is used. A straight flush is a sequence of five cards of the same suit. The highest straight flush is a straight nine (A, K, Q, J, and 10 of one suit). A royal flush is also known as a straight. A royal straight flush has odds of one in almost 650,000. The next best hand in Poker is the four of a kind, which can be either four aces or four threes. The fifth unmatched card does not affect the ranking of the four of a kind.

To qualify for a showdown, a player must bet an ante before the game begins. An ante is a pre-flop bet made before the hand is dealt. This raises the pot value right away. An all-in bet, on the other hand, places all of the player’s chips into the pot. A player may only win the pot to which he contributed. If he wins a hand, he/she will be awarded the pot’s value.