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Poker Rules - The Deck

A deck consists of 52 cards. These cards are divided into 4 suits, with
each suit having 13 ranks.

The Four Suits

The suits are all of equal value. That is to say, no suit is higher than any
other suit.
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The Thirteen Ranks

In poker, the Ace is the highest card and the 2 (Deuce) is the lowest.
However, the Ace can be used as a low card to form the straight 5432A.
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Straight
Flush
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A Straight Flush consists of 5 cards
in numerical sequence, all of the
same suit. The higher straight flush
wins. AKQJT is the highest straight
flush, and is also called the royal
flush. 5432A is the lowest straight
flush.


4-of-a-kind
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The higher 4-of-a-kind wins. If two
players have the same 4-of-a-kind,
then the highest 5th card wins.
4-of-a-kind is also known as quads.



Full House
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A full house consists of a
3-of-a-kind and a pair. The higher
3-of-a-kind wins. If two players
have the same 3-of-a-kind, then
the highest pair wins. The Full
House is also known as a boat.



Flush
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A Flush consists of 5 cards of the
same suit. The flush with the
higher top card wins. If two
flushes have the same top card,
then the flush with the higher
2nd-to-top card wins, and so on.



Straight
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A Straight consists of 5 cards in
numerical sequence. The straight
with the higher top card wins.
AKQJT is the highest straight;
5432A is the lowest straight
(5432A is also called a wheel).



3-of-a-kind
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The higher 3-of-a-kind wins. If two
hands have the same 3-of-a-kind,
then the kickers are used to break
the tie. 3-of-a-kind is also known
as trips. If you form trips by the
third card coming onto the board,
this is known as a set.



Two pair
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The hand with the higher top pair
wins. If the top pairs are equal,
then the bottom pairs are used to
break the tie. If those are also
equal, then the kicker (unpaired
card) is used to break the tie.



One pair
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The hand with the higher pair wins.
If the pairs are equal, then the
kickers are used to break the tie,
first by comparing the highest
kicker, then the 2nd highest kicker,
and finally the lowest kicker.



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If a hand does not fit in any other
category, it is judged by high
cards. Two hands are compared by
taking the highest cards and
comparing them. If those are
equal, then the 2nd highests are
compared, and so on.
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