Getting Started in Poker


Poker is a card game that involves betting and drawing cards to create the best hand possible. It is a game of skill and mental toughness but it’s also a numbers game where luck plays a huge role, too.

Getting started in poker

The first step in playing poker is to learn the rules of the game you are playing. This will give you an edge when you are new to the game and it is also a good way to learn how to play against other players at a table.

Basics of Poker

Most games of poker are played from a standard pack of 52 cards (sometimes more depending on the version of the game). The cards are ranked in order from high to low. The highest-ranking hand is a Royal Flush. This is a hand consisting of 10 Jack, Queen, King, and Ace of the same suit. This hand is beaten only by a straight flush.

Ranks of Standard Hands

The ranks of standard poker hands are determined by their odds (probability). They include:

Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, One Pair and a High Card.

The best hand is a Royal Flush, but it doesn’t always win the pot. The Royal Flush is made up of a 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace of the same suit (all clubs, diamonds, hearts or spades).