Poker Rules: Poker Hands & Poker Sequence

Updated on: Jun 8, 2021 5:04 pm IST

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Poker Rules: Germans have been playing a bluffing game known as “Pochen” since the fifteenth century. It was later adapted into a French version known as “Poque,” which was eventually carried to New Orleans and played on Mississippi riverboats. The game was improved further in the 1830s, and it became known as Poker.

Poker Rules

The key rule of drawing cards to improve one’s hand was added during the Civil War. Stud Poker, a variation, arose around the same period. There are hundreds of different poker variations, and the game is played not only in private homes but also in innumerable Poker rooms in well-known casinos. Poker can be played for pennies or matchsticks in a social setting, or for thousands of dollars in a professional setting.

Poker Hands

In descending order of importance, here are the finest potential hands that can be used in normal poker rules:

1. Royal Flush

It is the rarest poker hand. When you make a ten-to-ace straight in the same suit, such as AKQJT, it’s called a straight.

2. Four-of-a-Kind

It’s all in the name! Quads are when you have all four of the same car. If a tie occurs, the player with the higher ‘Kicker’ is declared the winner.

3. Full House

It is formed by three cards of the same rank and two cards of a different but matching rank. If there is a tie, the winner is determined by the highest three matching cards.

4. Flush

It is made up of five cards of the same suit that are not in any particular order.

In the event of a tie, the player with the highest ranked card will be declared the winner. 

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Poker Sequence

With the Royal Flush at the top and a High Card at the bottom, poker sequence is a hierarchy of possible winning hands. Between these two lies Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Two Pairs, and One Pair, as well as eight additional possible poker hand sequences.


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