Poker's Winning Combinations

"Let's raise the bets," said the returning champion. "Call" answered the opponent. "Reraise" said the returning champion. "Fold" answered the opponent. After the last round of betting, a showdown occurred. "You were bluffing!" shouted the angry opponent. "Well," answered the winner," that's how the game is played."

That's what makes poker an exciting and challenging game. Aside from luck, players are allowed to bluff. First, let us be familiar with Poker terminologies to understand and enjoy the game.

When a player places a bet, all the other opponents should fold, call, raise or reraise. When a player says Fold, it means a player doesn't bet anymore and he lost all his money. On the other hand, Call means a player puts in money which is equivalent to the amount bet. When a player says raise, it means a player puts in additional money. Reraise is similar to raise but in this case, a player is persuading his opponent to put in another bet to stay in.

A player does a reraise when he has a strong hand or when he just wants to bluff. When a dealer says showdown, it means to show the hands after the last round of betting and the best hand wins the pot. Playing poker is relatively easy. If you are familiar with a few card games, it is not difficult to learn Poker. The Basic rules of playing poker is becoming familiar with the various hand combinations and which hand outranks another. The 5-card combinations are the following:

1.Royal Flush is the strongest hand. It has a 5-card sequence in the same suit. For example, 10, J, Q, K, A is the highest hand called royal flush..

2.Straight Flush is similar to the Royal Flush except that it has a lower value. An example would be any 5-card sequence in the same suit such as 7, 8, 9, 10, J of spades.

3.Four of a Kind is one of the hardest to create. It is all four cards of the same index. An example would be Q of hearts, Q of diamonds, Q of clubs, Q of spades plus any card.

4.Full House is a popular hand combination of a three of a kind with a pair. An example would be J, J, J, 8, 8.

5.Flush is the next hand in ranking. It is composed of any 5 cards of the same suit, but not in sequence. For example, Q, 2, 5, 8, 10 of same suit of spades.

6.Straight is having 5 cards in sequence, but not in the same suit. For example, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

7.Three of a Kind or a trio is three cards of the same value. The two other cards could be any number. For example, Q, Q, Q, 5, 8.

8.Two pair is an easy hand to create. It is a 5-card combination of two separate pairs plus any card. An example would be A, A, 3, 3, 7.

9.Pair is the easiest hand to create. It is a 5-card combination of one pair and any three cards. For example, 3, 3, 8, 7, J.

10.High Card is when a hand does not fit in any other category, it is judged by high cards.

Now that we know the winning combinations, we can start playing poker.

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