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Poker Rules

Although poker is a game of people played with cards, normally involving money, it is also a game that has rules. Each game has its own set of rules and a format that has to be followed in order to make the game work and keep it honest and fair for everyone. Below you will find basic and advanced poker rules for most of the poker variations: Texas Holdem, Omaha, Seven Card Stud as well as not so common Deuce to 7, Razz, Badugi and other poker variations.

Poker Hand Ratings

Poker hand combinations are listed here by strength. Each poker hand has a picture as an example and a short description next to it. The hand order is ranked from the highest to the lowest.

Royal Flush
Royal Flush - Straight Flush from 10 to the ace.
Example: T♣, J♣, Q♣, K♣, A♣
Straight Flush
Straight Flush - Straight with all five cards of the same suit.
Example: 5♦, 6♦, 7♦, 8♦, 9♦
Four of a Kind
Four of a Kind - Four cards of the same rank. Suit is irrelevant.
Example: Q♥, Q♣, Q♦, Q♠
Full House
Full House - Three cards of one rank together with two cards of another rank. According to the international poker rules, when more than one full house is competing, the one with the highest ranking group of three wins.
Example: T♠, T♣, T♥, J♣, J♥
Flush
Flush - Five cards of the same suit. When more than one flush is competing, the one with the highest card wins.
Example: 4♦, 6♦, 9♦, K♦, A♦
Straight
Straight - Five cards in sequence. In poker rules, when more than one straight is competing, the one with the highest card wins. An ace can be taken as either high or low (but not both high and low in the same hand).
Example: 7♥, 8♦, 9♥, T♣, J♠; suit is irrelevant.
Three of a Kind
Three of a Kind - Three cards of the same rank.
Example: J♥, J♣, J♦
Two Pair
Two Pair - Any two cards of one rank together with two cards of another rank. When more than one hand has two pairs of the same rank, the hand with the highest card outside the paired cards wins.
Example: 2♠, 2♣, 6♥, 6♠
One Pair
One Pair - Two cards of the same rank. In case two hands have pairs, the highest pair wins. When more than one hand has a pair of the same rank, the hand with the highest card outside the pair wins.
Example: T♥, T♦
Highest Card
Highest Card - When players have none of the above, the hand with the highest card wins.
Example: K♥

Poker Rules

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    The Most Popular Poker game in the world Texas Hold'em explained in the simple, down to earth language for the beginners of poker.
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  • Seven card stud
    Illustrated seven card stud rules for beginners. Learn the basic seven card stud poker rules and start playing online. Easy to follow instructions.
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About Poker

Poker is played all over the world. It was created in the USA but split over the world in a few decades and is not played in North and South America in Asia, Australia, Europe and even in Africa. Different poker events roll over the globe every year: WSOP, WSOPE, Aussie Millions, Asian Open and etc. Anyway, poker is still most popular in the place it was started, the USA. Different poker variations have different poker rules, but there are some rules that are the same for all the poker games. These are fundamental poker rules and should be known by every poker player. It's a must to know thing. Obviously, there are official and unofficial poker game rules. Let's say tournaments organizers usually base on international poker rules, while home poker game lovers can think of any sort of crazy rules. Casino and poker rooms do have different poker policies, but they anyway rely on the basic poker traditions. Check our poker rules to get the basic knowledge and it will help you to become a winning poker player.

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