In playing cards, a suit is one of 4 categories into which the cards of a deck are divided, Spades, Clubs, Hearts and Diamonds. Addionally they come in 2 colours, Spades and Clubs in Black with Hearts and Diamonds in Red. Each card also bears one of several symbols showing to which suit it belongs as well as the rank it holds within that suit, Ace being the highest and a 2 the lowest.
An Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten in the same suit.
In the event of a tie: Two or more Royal Flushes split the pot.
Five cards in sequence, of the same suit.
In the event of a tie: Highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.
FOUR OF A KIND
Four cards of the same rank, and one side card.
In the event of a tie: Highest four of a kind wins. In community card games where players have the same four of a kind, the highest fifth side card ("kicker") wins.
Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different, matching rank.
In the event of a tie: Highest three matching cards wins the pot. In community card games where players have the same three matching cards, the highest value of the two matching cards wins.
Five cards of the same suit.
In the event of a tie: The player holding the highest ranked card wins. If necessary, the second-highest, third-highest, fourth-highest, and fifth-highest cards can be used to break the tie.
Five cards in sequence.
In the event of a tie: Highest ranking card at the top of the sequence wins.
Note: The Ace may be used at the top or bottom of the sequence, and is the only card which can act in this manner.
THREE OF A KIND
Three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards.
In the event of a tie: Highest ranking three of a kind wins. In community card games where players have the same three of a kind, the highest side card, and if necessary, the second-highest side card wins.
Two cards of a matching rank, another two cards of a different matching rank, and one side card.
In the event of a tie: Highest pair wins. If players have the same highest pair, highest second pair wins. If both players have identical pairs, highest side card wins.
Two cards of a matching rank, and three unrelated side cards.
In the event of a tie: Highest pair wins. If players have the same pair, the highest side card wins, and if necessary, the second-highest and third-highest side card can be used to break the tie.
Texas Hold'em is played using a standard 52 card deck, and between two to ten players. Big tournaments may include many hundreds of players but during any one hand, the player is only competing against others on his or her table.
Before every hand, one player is designated the nominal "dealer", identified by a marker known as the dealer button or "button". This person does not actually deal the cards - especially not online, where it is done automatically - but the position of the dealer determines which two players have to post the "blind" bets that get the action started.
The two players to the left of the dealer must post these compulsory "blinds" - so called because they are placed before anyone even sees their cards. The player on the dealer's immediate left posts the "small blind" and the player one further seat round the table posts the "big blind", which is usually twice the size of the small.
After every hand is complete, the dealer button moves clockwise one position around the table, which means that players take turns to be the dealer, the small blind and the big blind.
After the blinds have been posted, all players are dealt two cards face down. These are known as "hole" cards, and can only be seen and used by one player. By the end of the hand, five more "community" cards may have been dealt, face up in the middle of the table, which are available for all players to use.
The first three of the community cards are exposed together (known as the "flop"), then a fourth card (known as the "turn") is dealt individually, and then a fifth (known as the "river") is exposed. A betting round separates each deal.
The aim of poker is to make the best five-card hand out of the seven available - two in an individual's hand and the five community cards.
Hole Cards – The first two cards dealt face down to each player
The Flop – The next Three cards placed face up on the table
The Turn – The Forth card placed face up on the table
The River – The Fifth card placed face up on the table
Pot – The total money the player with the best hand will win
Bet – Put money in the pot
Check - Choose not to bet when nobody has bet before you
Call – Put money equal to another player’s bet in the pot to stay in the hand
Raise – Increase the amount of money other players have to pay to stay in hand
Pot Odds – Mathematically figure out if it is profitable for you to call a bet
Rags – A bad hand without much chance of winning
Bluffing – Betting/Raising to make other players fold when you have Rags
Bad Beat – Losing a pot to a great hand when you have a really good hand
If a hand of poker is played all the way to its conclusion, there will be four betting rounds - or four periods during which players can commit their chips to the pot. A player can also "fold" their cards and leave the action at any time (see below).A betting round must be concluded satisfactorily before the remaining players see more cards and another betting round begins.
Pre-Flop - The First Round of Betting
The first betting round takes place before the first three community cards (the "flop") are dealt. This action is described as "pre-flop" and at this stage players are wagering based solely on the strength of their two concealed "hole" cards.The player sitting to the left of the big blind acts first - a position known as "under the gun". Players then act in turn, moving clockwise around the table. You have the following options when it is your turn to act:
Fold: This means that you no longer want to play the hand, and are throwing your cards away. You no longer have any claim to the money in the pot, even if you paid one of the blinds.
Call: This means that you want to play the hand by matching the size of the current bet. Pre-flop, this will be at least the size of the big blind, and may be greater if any other player has raised.
Raise: This means that you want to raise the size of the current bet. If nobody before you has made a raise, you can make a raise yourself.
If you are sitting in the big blind and no else has raised before you, you have the option to check. This means that you do not wish to commit any more chips to the pot. You can only check pre-flop if you are in the big blind and no one else raised
The betting round is complete when all players have either folded, indicating they no longer wish to continue in the hand, or committed the same amount of chips to the pot.
The Flop - The Second Round of Betting
After the first round of betting is complete, the first three community cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table. This is known as the "flop".Another round of betting begins with the first player still with cards to the left of the dealer. If no one has bet, you have the option to check (ie, to move the action to the next player without committing any chips to the pot.) Otherwise you have the same options as you did pre-flop: fold, call or raise.Again, the betting round is complete when all players have either folded, indicating they no longer wish to continue in the hand, or committed the same amount of chips to the pot.
The Turn - The Third Round of Betting
When all bets have been made in the second betting round, and at least two players still have cards, the fourth community card is dealt. This is known as the "turn". Another round of betting begins, starting with the first player still in the hand to the left of the dealer. Play progresses exactly as it did after the flop.
The River - The Fourth Round of Betting
When all bets have been made in the third round of betting, the fifth and final community card is dealt. This is known as the "river". A final round of betting begins, again starting with the first player to the left of the button.
Any players still with cards go to a "showdown".
After the last round of betting is complete, each player must form the best possible five-card poker hand, made from a combination of their two hole cards and the five community cards.
At this point, all players remaining must show their hands, so that the best hand can be determined. The player who has the highest ranked poker hand at showdown wins the pot.
In the example pictured, Player 1 has two pair: kings and queens, with a seven. The five best cards available to him are the two kings on the flop, the two queens (his own hole cards), and the seven. (Remember all poker hands have five cards.) The player in the Big Blind has three of a kind. He has one king "in the hole" which he matches with the two kings on the flop. His other cards are the seven and the six, which were the turn and river. Three of a kind is better than two pair and so player Big Blind wins.If more than one player has the same winning hand, the pot is split evenly among all the players with the winning hand. When the current hand is complete, the dealer button is passed one position to the left and the next hand begins.
Texas Hold ‘Em is one of the most exciting poker games around. There are
a few variations of Hold ‘Em that take a fun twist on this high speed,
In both of these versions of Hold ‘Em, players are dealt three pocket cards
rather than the standard two. In Pineapple, the players view the cards and
immediately get rid of one pocket card, leaving them with two. In Crazy
Pineapple, players wait for the flop cards, view their pocket cards and then
dispose of one of their pocket cards.
Super Hold ‘Em:
Players are dealt three pocket cards and are allowed to use all three
pocket cards in combination with the five community cards to create
their ideal five-card poker hand.
In Double Flop Texas Hold ‘Em, the dealer deals two separate community
card boards. Meaning, the dealer deals two sets of five face-up cards in
the center of the table. Players can use their pocket cards in conjunction
with either one of these community boards in order to create the strongest
five-card hand possible.
In Tahoe Hold ‘Em, players are dealt three pocket cards and must use
two of those cards in combination with the community cards to create
Blind Man’s Bluff:
This is a fun twist on Texas Hold ‘Em. When players are dealt their
pocket cards, they do not look at them, but rather hold them face-out
against their forehead so that the other players can see their pocket
cards, but they cannot. Players make their bets based on the other
players possible hands, rather than their own.
Out of the other variations mentioned here, Omaha High is probably the furthest relative of Texas Hold'em. Like Hold'em, Omaha is a community card game, meaning players share the cards on the board. Unlike Hold'em, each player is dealt 4 hole cards, and can only use 2 cards from his/her hole cards and 3 from the board to make a 5-card poker hand. Omaha begins exactly the same way, with the two players to the left of the dealer putting out the blinds. At this point, every player is dealt four hole cards. The first round of betting begins the same as with Hold'em, with the player to the left of the big blind and continues clockwise. After the betting is completed, the three flop cards are dealt face up in the center of the table – just like in Hold'em. The next round of betting starts and when the betting is complete, the fourth (turn) card is dealt. Another round of betting and then the last river card is dealt. A final round of betting occurs and then the remaining players show their cards. As mentioned early, players must use 2 hole cards and 3 community cards to make the best 5-card hand.