July 14, 2024

Nada Penny

Foster your mindset to play creatively


Want to try your hands at poker? First, let us learn a few basic rules and terminologies.

Poker can be quite an intense game. The purpose of the players is to make the best 5-card hand out of the cards they are dealt with.

Card Rankings

The Card Rankings in a Poker game tell about the pot’s winner at the end of the game; when playing, the player can make any power rankings out of the list mentioned below or not; instead of playing with the cards, play with the minds.

  • Royal Flush

The best hand that could be dealt contains A, K, Q, J, and 10, all belonging to the same suit.

  • Straight Flush

Another rare hand contains a card in a straight line belonging to the same suit. Example: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 of hearts.

  • Four of a Kind

In this, four cards are of equal value and another side card.

  • Full House

It contains three cards of one value and two other cards of the same value.

  • Flush

All the cards are of the same suit – example, the club’s 10, 5, K, 3, and 7.

Beginner’s Guide To Poker: Basic Rules and Terms

  • Straight

5 cards in a sequence but not required to be from the same suit.

  • Three of a Kind

It is when three cards of the same value with two side cards.

  • Two Pair

It contains two cards of equal value and another two cards of equal value with one side card.

  • Pair

This has only one pair, two cards of the same value, and three side cards.

  • High Card

In this, the five cards do not interact with each other in any sense to form the above pairs.

Now you know the power rankings; the main question is how you play poker and proceed with the cards.

Remember, the person you played before the person who raised the amount has to pay the difference in the new betting amount.

They can also choose to Raise, and then the same will be done by the others until everyone has paid equally to the pot.

The discarding of cards follows this; each player can throw away up to 3 cards and take new cards of the same number of discarded cards. Then the betting restarts and finally shows. In this, all the people still in the game show their cards and the one with the highest power ranking card wins the game.

This is all you need to know about poker for now, and you feel at home at a poker table in no time.