How to play Poker
First each player is dealt two down cards before five more cards are dealt to the table. The first three of these cards, which are shared, are called the flop. The fourth card is called the turn and the final card is called the River. To finish, combine the initial cards to make the best possible hand. During the process, betting which may include small blind and big blind bets will take place
Understanding poker hands and their ranking is important and worth taking a bit of time to get it right. Poker hands (from best to worst) are:
- Royal Flush – Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten in the same suit.
- Straight Flush – Five sequential cards, all in the same suit.
- Four of a Kind – All four cards of the same value.
- Full House – Three of a kind plus a pair.
- Flush – Any five non-sequential cards of the same suit.
- Straight – Five sequential cards, not in the same suit.
- Three of a Kind – Three cards of the same value.
- Two Pairs – Two different pairs.
- One Pair – Two cards of the same value.
- High Card – The highest card in the hand (no other potentially winning combinations)