How to Play Poker


Generally, a hand of poker comprises of five cards. They are ranked in the order ace, king, queen, jack and ten. The best hand wins. If there is a tie, the winner is determined by the highest card.

If there are four cards of the same rank, then the highest unmatched fifth card breaks the tie. This hand is called a “quad.” It is often referred to as a four of a kind.

A four of a kind beats a straight flush. A straight flush is a series of five cards of the same suit. It is usually the best hand. The lowest straight is 5-4-3-2A.

The highest card is the most valuable card in the hand. A straight is started by the highest value card. If two fours of a kind have the same rank, then the highest unmatched card breaks the tie. If there are three of a kind, the highest pair wins.

The highest pair is better than the lowest pair. A pair of kings beats a pair of tens. Similarly, a pair of jacks beats a pair of tens.

The highest card of each individual card is the best. A king is better than an ace. It can be linked with a deuce.

If two pairs of equal rank are tied, then the highest odd card should be compared. If both pairs have the same rank, then the highest pair wins.

Two pairs of identical rank should be compared by the second highest odd card. If the pair of kings is better than the pair of tens, then the pair of jacks is better.