Poker Game Rules
There are many variations of poker games around, so the answer to how to play poker question differs according to the variation. The top four variations are straight poker, stud poker, draw poker and Texas Holdem poker. Straight poker is the oldest one, using 5 card poker hands and a card hierarchy, such as flush, four of a kind, two of a kind etc. In stud poker, there are face-down and face-up cards, this is considered as the street version of poker. Draw poker consists of completely face-down cards and players are allowed to bet in each round. Lastly, Texas Holdem (the most popular version in casinos) requires two face-down and three face-up cards, the goal is completing a full 5 card hand. You can refer to our “how to play poker” section to see the detailed rules for each variation.
The knowledge of the hierarchy of the cards is important for each variation, so here they are from top to bottom:
Straight flush: This is a hand that contains five cards in sequence, all of the same suit. For example, diamond A, diamond K, diamond Q, diamond J and diamond 10. The possibility of this hand is % 0.0015.
Four of a kind: This one is also known as a quad. This is a hand that contains all four cards of one rank (with different suits) and any other card. For example, Diamond 9, Hearts 9, Clubs 9, Spades 9 and any other card. The possibility of this hand is % 0.024.
Full house: Known also as “full boat”. This is a hand that contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank. For example, Diamond 7, Hearts 7, Clubs 7, Diamond 6 and Spades 6. The possibility of this hand is % 0.1441.
Flush: This hand consists of all five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence. For example, Diamond Q, Diamond 9, Diamond 4, Diamond 7 and Diamond 3. The possibility of this hand is % 0.196.
Straight: This hand consists of five cards of following rank in at least two different suits. For example, Diamond J, Spades 10, Spades 9, Hearts 8, Hearts 7. The possibility of this hand is % 0.39.
Three of a kind: This hand contains three cards of the same rank and two cards from a different rank and suit. For example, Diamond 2, Spades 2, Clubs 2, Hearts 7 and Spades K. The possibility of this hand is % 2.11.
Two pair: This hand consists of two cards of the same rank and two cards of another rank that match each other. For example, Hearts J, Spades J, Spades 4, Clubs 4 and Hearts 9. The possibility of this hand is % 4.75.
One Pair: This hand contains two cards of one rank only. For example, Hearts 4, Spades 4, and any other three cards. The possibility of this hand is % 42.26.
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