The Basics Of Poker
The following article will focus on the most popular style of poker, Texas Holdem, but can also be a good resource if you are planning to play other versions of the game. Poker can be a good way to end the day and have fun with friends, and with this article we hope to guide the beginners through the very basics of how a poker card deck looks like.
First of all, you will need a 52 card deck, and make sure that you omit the Jokers. In poker, cards are ranked high to low. You can probably guess what the order is, but for the novice player, here is the quick guide:
Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. When you are playing, you need to know that an Ace can be wither high or low; it depends on the particular version of poker you are playing. In most games, the ace is the highest card. Having high cards is always good. For example, if you and your opponent both have only a pair of fours, the player with the highest other pocket card, which is commonly called a kicker, will win the round.
A pair of kings is also better than a pair of twos as you may have guessed. The higher the card, the better chance you have of winning the hand.
There are also four suits of cards; Hearts, Spades, Clubs, Diamonds
All suits are equal and no one suit is worth more than the other except in the case of a Royal Flush. You should not focus on the type of suit unless you have three or four cards of the same suit.
These are just the basic rules when it comes to playing poker. As mentioned above, all games will have their own set of rules, but you can count on the basics of poker to stay the same. Learn these and you will be on your way to becoming a poker player and having hours of fun with family and friends.