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Old 03-25-2007, 07:22 PM   #7
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1st things 1st. What is poker?

poker is a game in which 5 cards are dealt to make up a poker hand. The winner is determined by rank order of hands. While it is not necessary to wager or bet to play poker, i dont recommend it. (no fun) Sklansky sums up poker best. Poker is about making good decisions, and the chip tally is a result of such decisions. While you can have a bad day and every good decision goes badly, think of your poker career as infinate, meaning if you always try and make the right decision every time you play, over the long haul you WILL be a winning player. Math, patience, and poker intuition are the tools you use to make these decisions and if all are finely tuned, you WILL become a winner.

Rank order of poker hands from best to worst:

STRAIGHT FLUSH-5 suited cards in order...ex. 9H,8H,7H,6H,5H
the highest of these hands (AKQJT suited) is called a royal flush, the granddaddy of all hands, if you play enough you may see 4 or 5 in your lifetime.

FOUR OF A KIND-exactly what it says 4 like cards...ex. KH,KC,KS,KD,4S
also called quads
FULL HOUSE- 3 of a kind + 2 of a kind.....ex. AH,AD,AC,9S,9H
also called a boat
FLUSH- 5 like suited cards of no particular rank,flushes are ranked by the high card in the flush.....ex. AS,QS,7S,5S,2S....beats.... KH,JH,TH,9H,4H the highest flush possible is also called the NUT FLUSH
STRAIGHT- 5 cards running in rank with different suits...ex. 5H,6D,7S,8H,9D in a straight the ace may count as either high or low, but never both. either AKQJT(BROADWAY) OR A2345(THE WHEEL OR BICYCLE) NEVER, QKA23-the straight cannot go "around the corner"
3 OF A KIND- 3 cards in the same rank.... ex.8S,8H,8C,4D,2S also called TRIPS or a SET
2 PAIR- 2 pairs with an off card... ex. QS,QH,JD,JH,8D
1 PAIR- 1 matching rank in the hand.... ex. 7S,7H,KD,TS,3H
HIGH CARD- when you have nothing, hands are ranked by the highest card in the hand ex. AS,QD,9S,4H,2C beats KH,QH,TD,9C,2S

when both players have the same hand, hands are then decided by kicker or off card, ex.....HAND 1 AS,AH,QD,QS,9D.......HAND 2 AC,AD,QH,QC,7S
both players have 2 pair aces and queens but hand 1 has a "9 kicker" which beats hand 2's "7 kicker"

since poker is the best 5 cards, even in a seven card game like holdem or stud the 6th or 7th cards do not matter, many amateurs make the mistake of playing 3 pair which does not exist or play a "kicker" with their straight which is not possible. if both players have exactly the same straight or 5 card hand, the pot is split in half and both players win half the pot.
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