There are several different forms of poker, but they all basically have the same hands. The point of poker is to have the highest 5 cards on the table.
The cards are worth their numerical value, and the face cards are (from highest to lowest) Ace, King, Queen, Jack.
Ace can substitute for 1 or above king for straights (more on these later).
The hands are such (In order from highest hand to lowest
Royal Flush -- Ace + King + Queen + Jack + 10 all of the same suit. EX: Ace of hearts, king of hearts, queen of hearts, jack of hearts, 10 of hearts. (You're chances of getting this are RIDICULOUSLY slim. The Hard Rock near me gives out a grand prize to anybody who scores this hand.
Straight Flush -- Any 5 card ascending order of the same suit. EX: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 all of clubs/hearts/spades/diamonds
Four of a Kind -- having 4 of the same cards. EX: 10 of diamonds, 10 of spades, 10 of clubs, 10 of hearts.
Full House -- three of a kind and a pair. EX: 3 Jacks and 2 queens.
Flush -- all 5 cards of the same suit. EX: Any 5 hearts, any 5 clubs, etc.
Three of a kind -- 3 cards with the same value. EX: 3 kings, 3 jacks, etc.
Two pairs -- Two sets of pairs. EX: two 10's and two jacks.
Pair -- Two cards of the same value. EX: two aces.
High Card -- If nobody has any of these card combinations, then whoever has the highest card wins. (Ace being highest, 2 being lowest)
In Poker, the highest 5 card hand wins. Therefore, if I have a pair of 6's, and you have a pair of 8's, your pair of 8's beats my pair of sixes.
If I have a flush of hearts with my highest card 9, and you have a flush of hearts with your highest card a jack, you win. Etc.
Those are the card combinations.
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