The Basics of Playing Poker

The Basics of Playing Poker

The game of Poker can be traced back to the 16th century and began as a bluffing game played by the Germans called “Pochem”. This later developed into game called “Poque” by the French, not to be confused with Aristocrat pokies, which are actually slots made by a specific developer online.

The game eventually made its way to New Orleans and it was during the 1830s that it became Poker.  There are variations of the game but the basics are the same and can be played for fun using matchsticks or pennies or it can be played for big money professionally.

The Cards

Poker is played with a standard pack of 52 cards plus one or two jokers.  A poker hand has five cards and there are various combinations of hands that go from five of a kind, which has the highest value.

Scoring and Value

Five of a Kind: it is the highest value hand and will only happen if one or more cards are wild (joker, two one-eyed jacks, four deuces).  Five of a Kind would be four 10’s and a wild card or two queens and three wild cards.

Straight Flush: highest hand if a standard pack is being played with and has no wild cards.  A straight Flush will have five cards of the same suit in a sequence like 6, 7, and 8,9,10 of the same suit. The highest value Straight Flush is A, K, Q, J, 10 all of the same suit and this is referred to as a Royal Flush and the odds of this happening are very slim.

Four of a Kind: this hand is ranked below a Straight Flush such as four Aces or four 3’s; the fifth card can be anything.

Full House: this hand is a combination of three cards from one rank and then two other cards from another and an example would be three 8’s and two 4’s.

Flush: this hand will have five cards that are of the same suit, but do not have to be of the same suit such as Q, 10, 7, 2, 2 of clubs.

Straight: this hand will be a sequence of cards, not of the same suit and will be a combination of 9 of hearts, 8 of spades, 7 of clubs, 6 of diamonds and 5 of hearts would be an example.

Three of a Kind:  this hand will have three cards of the same rank and the other two will be from a different rank and an example would be three jacks, 7 and 4.

Two Pairs:  this hand will contain a pair of one rank and then another pair of a different rank. The fifth card can be of a different rank and an example would be Q, Q, 7, 7, 4.

One Pair: this is a combination that come up often and only needs to have one pair and three other cards of a different rank like 10,10,K, 4, 3.

No Pair: this hand is where none of the cards pair up and they are not of a consecutive rank or of the same suit. If more than one of the players has a no pair the hands are then ranked from highest combination of five cards, an Ace high hand will beat a King high hand.