Poker is on Fire Industry estimates are that 50 million to 80
million Americans play the game. Popular card
games are played in almost every house. Poker is booming in
Casinos, Card rooms and online.
Identifying the cards and Ranking of hands
Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards (except for Ross Perot Poker, which is played with less than a full deck). The cards are ranked from high to low in the following order: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. House rules often allow aces to double as low cards. The cards are also separated into four suits. Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds.
Card: In a poker hand with no winning combinations of cards, the
high card wins. That card is determined by the ranking above.
Pair: Two cards of the same value, with three extra cards that
do not combine in any desirable way.
Pair: Two pairs of cards with the same value, each pair having a
different value. One extra card is present.
of a Kind: Three cards of the same value, with the remaining two
cards not combining in any desirable way.
Straight: Five cards of sequential value, and differing "suits"
(spades, clubs, hearts or diamonds).
Flush: Five cards of the same suit, that are not all sequential.
House: Three cards of one value, and two cards of another value.
of a Kind: Four cards of the same value, with one extra card
Straight Flush: Five sequential cards of the same suit.
Flush: A Straight Flush that consists of the five highest value
cards, 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace.
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