Poker Tips & Poker Hands
Before Going through the various poker hands in decending order we will quickly go through the rank of the cards for total beginners. The cards rank from high to low as follows:- Ace, King, Quees, Jack, Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two. You also need to be aware that as well as being the highest card an Ace can count as the lowest card like 1 in a straight or a straight flush.
Straight Flush. This is five consecutively ranked cards of the same suit. Eg, 2 of Spades, 3 of Spades, 4 of Spades, 5 of Spades and 6 of Spades. The highest hand possible is ace, king queen, jack and ten of the same suit. This is known as a Royal Flush. The lowest straight flush is Five, Four, Three, Two and Ace all of the same suit. But even this will beat any of the hands that follow.
Four of a Kind. Four of the same rank of card with any fifth card. For example 5 of Spades, 5 of Clubs, 5 of Diamonds and 5 of Hearts with any other card. The best being four Aces and the lowest hand of four of a type being four Two's.
Full House. A full house is three cards of the same rank along with 2 other cards of the same rank. For example 3 Tens and 2 Sevens. The highet Full House known as 'Full Aces' or 'Full House Aces' is when there are 3 Aces along with any other pair. When comparing Full House's only the rank of the 3 of a rank cards are counted, so 3 Kings and 2 Threes would beat 3 Queens and 2 Tens.
Flush. Any five cards of the same suit are known as a flush, they do not have to be in any order. For example Jack of Spades, 8 of Spades, 6 of Spades, 4 of Spades and 3 of spades. When comparing flushes, the highest cards are first compared followed by the second highest and so on, the flush with the highest high card wins. The highest possible flush would therefore be Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Nine of the same suit.
Straight. Any five consecutive cards they can be a combination of two suits or all four suits. For example Queen of Clubs, Jack of Clubs, 10 of Spades, 9 of Clubs and 8 of Clubs is classed as a Striaght as would be 10 of Spades, 9 of Clubs, 8 of Hearts, 7 of Diamonds and 6 of Spades. Just like with a Straight Flush the highest Straight is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten also known as the 'Top Straight'. The lowest Straight is Five, Four, Three, Two and Ace and is sometimes known as a 'wheel'.
Triplets. Any three cards of the same rank with any two other cards. For example Ten of Spades, Ten of Hearts, Ten of Diaomonds, Queen of Clubs and King of Spades. The highest possible Triplet would be 3 Aces. Some players refer to Triplets as Threes or Trips.
Two Pairs. Any two cards of the same rank with any other two cards of the same rank. For Example Two Tens and Two Eights with any other card. If you have to compare two hands each with two pairs the ne with the highest pair wins if both high pairs are equal then the second highest pairs are compared if they are equal the rank of the other card is considered. The highest rank being the winners.
One Pair. Any two cards of the same rank with any other 3 cards of different ranks. For example Two Eights with any other three cards. Again to compare two hands that each have a pair the pairs are compared first the highest winning if they are equal then the hands next highest cards are compared and so on until one hand is found to be the better.
Card High. A hand without even a pair is known as the card name high or no pair. For example If you had Jack of Clubs, 9 of Spades, 7 of Hearts, 6 of Diamonds and 2 of Spades your hand would be Jack High. If no other player has a pair or rank above then the player with the highest card wins if both the highest cards in a round are equal then the next highest cards are compared and so on until the best hand is determined.
Advice on how to play better
The following are guidelines only and although they are intended to help you win more often we cannot offer any guarantee. These guidelines are mainly for pot-limit draw poker (when the maximum raise is the amount of money in the pot):-
1. You generally need two pairs, which need to be stronger the earlier the pot is opened to raise.
2. You need at least two Aces to open the bidding unless there are only one or two other players to bet after you. If there is only one player to bet after you we suggest at least two kings and if you are the lastto bet you can get away with two queens.
3. If you intend to re-raise you really need triplets, probably about three sixes against the average player.
4. If the pot is opened in the last two positions you can call with two Kings. If the pot is opened in any other position we recommend you have at least a pair of Aces.
5. Do not call on a straight of different suits. Such as 9 of Clubs, 8 of Spades, 7 of Hearts, 6 of Clubs and 5 of Diamonds or any similar straight.
6. Most often players are not bluffing, if you have no reason to suspect from the way that they are playing that they have a bad hand youd do well to believe that they do have a good hand. However from time to time you should call their bluff or they will bluff more and more. You should also ensure you bluff occasionally or other players will never call you when you have winning hands.
7. Even when you have had a run of bad luck we strongly suggest that you do not play on a low pair, this is a common mistake with players who are losing and getting desperate don't fall into this trap.
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