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Poker School

Cards

Before you go play poker online, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the basic hand rankings and rules that govern Texas Hold’em. Here are the 10 hands every player should know before joining the action.

 

A deck consist of 52 cards and here are the card values in increasing order: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, A. 

 

There are 4 Suits in a deck of cards: Spades, Clubs, Hearts and Diamonds

Hand Ranking

​​ROYAL FLUSH

Poker’s most famous hand, a royal flush, cannot be beaten. It consists of the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of a single suit.

 

 

FULL HOUSE

Combination of a Three of a Kind and a pair, e.g.  10, 10, 10, A, A.



THREE OF A KIND

Three cards of the same value, e.g. 5, 5, 5.
 

STRAIGHT FLUSH

Five cards in sequence, of the same suit. In the event of a tie, the highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.

FLUSH

Any five cards in the same suit, but not consecutive in value, e.g. 10 of Spades, K of Spades, 2 of Spades, 6 of Spades, 7 of Spades.

TWO PAIRS

Two separate pairs of equal value cards, e.g. A, A, 3, 3.

FOUR OF A KIND

Four cards of the same rank, and one side card or ‘kicker’. In the event of a tie, the player with the highest side card (‘kicker’) wins.

 

STRAIGHT

Five cards consecutive in value, but not in the same suit, e.g.  7, 8, 9, 10, J. If the cards are in the same suit as well, it is a Straight Flush

 

ONE PAIR

Two cards that have equal value, e.g. Q, Q.

 

Basic Rules

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The Lingo

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Betting

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Game Variations

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