Poker

Poker is a game of chance. However, when you introduce the concept of betting, poker gains quite a bit of skill and psychology. Poker is generally played from a standard pack of 52 cards. The cards are ranked (from high to low) Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. (Ace can be high or low, but is usually high). There are four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs); however, no suit is higher than another.

Some games have Wild Cards, which can take on whatever suit and rank their possessor desires. Sometimes jokers will be used as wild cards, other times, the game will specify which cards are wild (deuces, one-eyed jacks, and so on).

Poker Hands

Straight Flush
Five cards in a sequence in the same suit are called a straight flush. If two straight flushes compete, the hand with the highest-ranking cards in the flush sequence wins. For example, a hand composed of A-K-Q-J-10 (Royal Flush) beats a hand composed of K-Q-J-10-9. The royal flush is the highest standard hand and beats all other hands.

Four of a Kind
Any four cards of the same rank form four of a kind. If two players have four of a kind, the hand with the four higher cards wins.

Full House
Three of a kind and one pair form a full house. The full house with three of a kind with highest-ranking cards wins against another full house with lower ranking three of a kind.

Flush
A hand of any five cards all of the same suit is called a flush. A flush with the highest-ranking cards beats another flush hand. If the highest cards from each players hand tie, the next highest-ranking cards determine the winner, and so on.

Straight
A hand of any five cards in sequence, but not of the same suit is a straight. The straight with the highest-ranking cards at the head of the sequence is the winner against another straight hand. The highest possible straight is A-K-Q-J-10. The lowest possible straight is 5-4-3-2-A.

Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same rank, such as three 8s, form three of a kind. The highest-ranking three cards wins against another three of a kind. Three aces are the highest; three 2s are the lowest.

Two Pair
Two cards of the same rank and two matching cards of any other rank form two pair. The hand with the highest-ranking pair wins against another hand of two pair. If the highest-ranking pair ties, the hand with the second highest-ranking pair wins. If all the pairs in both hands tie, the hand with the highest-ranking fifth card wins.

One Pair
Any two cards of the same rank form one pair. The hand with the highest-ranking pair wins against another hand of one pair. If both hands have the same pair, the highest ranking unmatched card in the hand determines the winner. If the highest-ranking unmatched cards tie, the next highest-ranking unmatched cards are compared, and so on.

High Card
A hand with no matched cards is called high card. With two competing high card hands, the hand with the highest-ranking card wins. If the highest-ranking unmatched cards tie, the next highest-ranking unmatched cards are compared, and so on.

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