Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Have you ever caught yourself racking your brain every now and again trying to
remember the basic rules of poker hands, or forgetting what poker hand beats
what? Don’t worry; this is a common concern among many novice players and
even effects intermediate players from time to time.

Regardless of what player category you fit into, let’s face it; you need to know
the basics of poker in order to really dig your heels into the sport of Texas
Hold’em, or any other style of poker game for that matter. Thus, whether this is
your first time learning about the possible winning poker hands, or you are simply
in need of a little refresher course, here is what you need to know.

First and for most, a standard 52-card deck is used in every poker game,
regardless of the number of players, or the style of game that is being played.
The standard deck features the following cards starting with the highest rank to
the lowest as listed below:

* Ace
* King
* Queen
* Jack
* 10
* 9
* 8
* 7
* 6
* 5
* 4

* 3
* 2
* Ace (an ace can count as both a low or high card)

Each rank is featured in the same 4 equal suits:
♠ Spade
♦ Diamonds
♥ Hearts
♣ Clubs

The object is to achieve the highest hand by obtaining one of the winning card
combinations listed below in the table. Note, the following list begins with
the highest and ends with the lowest possible winning hand:

Royal Flush
Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit
(A♠, K♠, Q♠, J♠, 10♠)

Straight Flush
5 consecutive cards of the same suit
(5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Four of a Kind
4 cards with the same value
(8, 8♣, 8, 8♠)

Full House
3 of a kind and a pair, with the 3 of a kind valued first
(7, 7♣, 7 - 4♠, 4♣)

Any 5 different cards of the same suit
(3, 5, 7, 9, J)

5 cards of any suit in consecutive order
(7♣, 8, 9♣, 10, J♠)

Three of a Kind
3 cards with the same face value
(10♠, 10, 10)

Two Pair
2 sets of pairs
(2♣, 2 - 6, 6)

One Pair
2 cards with the same face value
(3♠, 3)

If none of the above hands are achieved within a game, the player with the
highest card wins. Additionally, In the event that two players have the same
hand, the player with the highest card wins.

Now that you have familiarized yourself with the types of hands you are trying to
obtain to win the pot, it’s time to learn or “refresh” your memory on how to play
Texas Hold’em.

Of all the games played in card rooms today, Texas Hold’em is by far the most
popular game, and one of the easiest to learn, making it both fun and rewarding
to play. The object of the game is to make the strongest 5 card hand by using a
combination of your 2 hole cards and the 5 community cards on the table.

When playing Texas Hold’em online, every player will have a turn at using the
dealer button, which enables them to act as the virtual dealer. In addition each
player will be required to post blinds at one time or another.

The rules of Hold’em take only a few minutes of your time to learn. Once you
have them down you’ll never forget them, and can begin focusing your energies
on learning, using and developing your own strategies.
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