Game rules poker

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Poker is a simple game to learn, but it takes a lifetime to master. You win money by winning the pot. The pot contains the total of money or chips that is bet during each hand (or round). A hand is also another word for the 5 cards that every player gets.

You win a hand in one of the following ways:

- you show the winning hand at the end of all betting rounds. The pot then goes to the person who shows the best hand;

- all your opponents fold. Folding means that a player waves his right to claim the pot, by not going along with the bet of his opponents.

At Seven Card Stud or Texas Hold'em a high hand is the best. At other poker variations, such as Razz, the lowest hand is the best.

Most of the games require antes or blinds. When an ante is used, each player must bet a certain amount to get cards. When blinds are used, one or two players must place bets before the cards are dealt. This obligation goes from player to player, so that each player pays his part.

Every time a round of cards is dealt, players have the possibility to check (wait), bet or fold, to call (go along with a bet) or raise. Every time a player decides to fold, he can show his hand if it's his turn to act. If a player folds, he does not have to put more money into the pot. If a player places a bet, or raises an existing bet, and no one calls, the pot goes to that player.

Hand values

The two most popular forms of poker where the highest hand wins, are  Seven Card Stud and Texas Hold'em. These games are played with a standard deck of 52 cards (without jokers), existing of four suits: clubs, spades, hearts or diamonds. Of every suit, there are 13 cards in the game. The ace has the highest value of its kind, followed by the king, queen, jack and ten through two. An ace can also be used as the lowest card in a straight, (      ), which is then called a wheel or bicycle.

Royal flush

A royal flush is the best possible hand. Suited connectors, from ten till the ace.



Straight flush

A straight flush means five consecutive cards from the same suit but not until the ace.



Four of a kind

Four of a kind, or quads, is a hand which contains four cards of one rank, and an unmatched card of another rank.



Full house

A full house, also known as full boat, contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank.




A flush is a hand which contains five cards of the same suit, not in rank sequence.




A straight is a poker hand wich contains five cards of sequential rank but in more than one suit.



Three of a kind

Three of a kind, also called trips or set, is a poker hand which contains three cards of the same rank, plus two unmatched cards.



Two pair

A poker hand which contains two cards of the same rank plus two cards of another rank.



One pair

One pair is a poker hand which contains two cards of the same rank plus three other unmatched cards.



High card or no pair

A high card or no pair is a poker hand in which no two cards have the same rank, the five cards are not in sequence and the five cards are not all the same suit. In below example you have king high.