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Beginners guide to poker - part one

Poker is a game of skill as much as it is a game of luck and is probably one of the most popular card games in the world. Poker unlike any other casino card game can be played against other people and no against the house. Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. This article takes a look at the basics of poker.

The cards are ranked in descending order (high to low) and are as follows:

Ace -> King ->Queen -> Jack -> 10 -> 9 -> 8 -> 7 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2

The cards are separated into four suits of equal value they are: Clubs, Spades, Hearts, Diamonds.

The object of the game is to end up with the highest-valued hand comprising of five cards. Here are the rankings from best to worse.

Rank 1 = Royal Flush
The most difficult hand to get and your chances are approximately 0.000154%. A Royal Flush is the following:
10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace (all of the same suit)

Rank 2 = Straight Flush
With an approximate probability of 0.00139%. A Straight Flush is five cards in numeric order, all of the same suit for example:
6-7-8-9-10 (all of the same suit)

Rank 3 = Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same numerical value and another random card. Your probability of achieving this hand is approximately 0.0240%. An example of a Four of a Kind is below:

Rank 4 = Full House
A Full House consists of five cards, three have the same numerical value and the remaining cards also have the same numerical value, your probability of hitting a Full House is approximately 0.144%. Here is an example of a Full House:

Rank 5 = Flush
With an approximately probability of 0.197%. A Flush is five cards of entirely the same suit. In a tie, whoever has the highest ranking card, wins. An example of a flush is as follows:
2-4-6-King-Ace (all of the same suit)

Rank 6 = Straight
A Straight is five cards in numerical order, regardless of their suits. In a tie whichever straight is higher wins. You have roughly a 0.392% chance of hitting a Straight. Here is an example:

Rank 7 = Three of a Kind
With an approximate probability of 2.11%, Three of a Kind is three cards of the same numerical value and two other cards that are not a pair. For example:

Rank 8 = Two Pair
Two Pair is two sets of pairs and another random card. You have roughly 4.75% of hitting Two Pairs. Here is an example:

Rank 9 = One Pair
One Pair and three random cards you have an estimated probability of 42.3% of hitting One Pair. Here is an example:

Rank 10 = High Card
If no players have anything of any value the player holding the Highest Card wins, with 2 as the lowest and Ace as the highest. For example:

To continue, please see part two of my basic poker guidePsychology Articles, this can be achieved by viewing my author bio where there is a list of all my articles.

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