In poker, people playing put some money into the game, and the person with the best poker hand or the last player remaining wins. If you want to play poker, you should learn the basic poker rules before you start. Poker games have different types, but most of them share some common rules. When you’re learning the rules of the poker game, you should understand the standard poker hand rankings.
What is the Basic Rule of Poker? | How Does Poker Work Basics?
The basic rule of poker is to create the best hand possible from the cards you’re dealt. It’s about strategically combining your cards with those on the table to beat your opponents. The player having the highest ranking hand at the end becomes the winner of the pot. It’s as simple as that!
How Do You Win a Poker Game?
Winning a poker game boils down to having the best hand when all is said and done. You achieve this by skillfully playing your cards, making strategic decisions, and perhaps a bit of bluffing. The goal is to outsmart your opponents and end the game with the highest-ranking hand. So, it’s not just about luck – it’s a mix of strategy, skill, and a good understanding of the game.
The Poker Hand Rankings/Poker Sequence/Poker Hierarchy Chart/Poker Priority List
Let’s explore the top-ranking hands in regular poker, listed from the best to the least favourable:
- Royal Flush: This is the rarest hand in poker, achieved when you form a straight from ten to ace, all in the same suit, like 10♠J♠Q♠K♠A♠.
- Straight Flush: When you have five consecutive cards of different suits, such as 7♣8♣9♣10♣J♣, you’ve got a straight flush.
- 4-of-a-Kind: If you hold all four cards of the same rank, like 2♦2♠2♥2♣, you’ve got quads!
- Full House: Also known as a “boat,” it happens when you have three of a kind and a pair together like 5♦5♠5♣Q♣Q♠ (three of one, two of the other).
- Flush: With poker having four suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades), a flush occurs when you have five cards of the same suit. For instance, 4♦6♦9♦Q♦K♦. In this example, we have a King high flush.
- Straight: Five consecutive cards of different suits, like 3♥4♦5♠6♠7♣, form a straight. An A-2-3-4-5 straight is called a “wheel,” while 10-J-Q-K-A is known as “Broadway.”
- 3-of-a-Kind: Whenever you hold three cards of the same rank, like 8♠K♣2♥2♦2♣, it’s three-of-a-kind. If it includes a pair in the hole and one on the board, it’s “a set.” If two are on the board and one in the hole, it’s “trips.”
- Two Pair: Having two pairs, with the fifth card as your kicker, is a two-pair hand. For example, 8♣Q♦K♠K♦8♥ means you have kings and eights with a queen kicker.
- One Pair: Matching two cards of the same rank, out of the thirteen available in each suit, constitutes a pair. For instance, 3♠3♥9♦5♦J♣ is a pair of threes.
- High Card: When no one can form a ranked hand (different suits, non-connected, unpaired), it comes down to your high card(s). For instance, 10♦7♠4♥Q♣2♦ means you have a queen-ten high hand.
How to Play Poker as Per the Poker Rules
This section will help you understand playing a hand using poker rules, and there’s an example below. In a round of No-Limit Texas Hold’em, each player gets two cards facedown, called “hole cards.” When it’s your turn, you can bet, call, raise, or fold. To win, use any combination of your two-hole cards and the five community cards on the board to make the best five-card hand.
After getting cards, there’s a round of “preflop” betting. Each subsequent round is called a different name.
Flop – The first three community cards are “the flop.” All remaining players can use these cards to try and make the best poker hand. Betting happens, starting with the first player still in the hand, to the left of the dealer button.
Turn – After betting on the flop, another community card is dealt, called the turn (also known as Fourth Street). Now, players have two hole cards and four community cards to make the best five-card hand.
Another round of betting follows, starting with the first remaining player to the left of the button. Play always goes clockwise. When all players have acted, the betting round ends.
River – The river (also called Fifth Street) is the last community card. There’s a final round of betting. If there’s a showdown – where all action is complete – players reveal their hands. The last player to bet, the last aggressor, shows first. The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot, completing the hand and moving on to the next one.