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Texas Holdem Basics Part 3

Now we’ve gone over some Texas Holdem terms like The Flop, The Turn and The River.  And we’ve told you how to deal the cards, when betting takes place and the kind of actions players can take (bet, raise, call, fold).  Those are the basics of Texas Holdem.  If you are just starting out playing poker, there are some other poker terms and knowledge that you will find helpful.

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Number one, what beats what?  If you’re playing in a casual game with several newbies, you can bet someone will have a “cheat sheet” telling what different poker hands are ranked.  (And often what the difference is between a straight, flush, and a full house.)  Here’s that info so you can learn it and not have to carry around a cheat sheet.  We’ll go from lowest hand to highest.

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High card.  Any hand that doesn’t even have a measly pair is decided by the high card (say an Ace or King).  If two or more players have the same high card, it is decided by the next highest card from their hands.
One Pair.  Two cards of the same rank, like JJ or 66.  If two players both have the same pair, high card wins.
Two Pair.  Just what it sounds like. For example, two Jacks and two tens.

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Three of a Kind. Three cards of the same rank, such as three Queens or three sevens.
Straight.  Five cards in a numerical sequence, such as 45678.  The Ace can be high or low, as in AKQJ10 and 5432A.
Flush.  Five cards of the same suit. Flushes are ranked by the top card and then the next so AQ843 of hearts beats AQ752 of clubs.

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Full House.  Three of a kind and one pair in the same hand, like QQQAA or AAA88.  They are ranked by the three of a kind so JJJ33 beats 99955.

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Four of a Kind.  Four cards of the same rank – AAAA3.
Straight Flush.  Five cards of the same suit in numerical sequence, so 98765 of hearts.
Royal Flush. The highest poker hand.  It is AKQJT off the same suit.

Now you know what beats what, so go play some Texas Holdem.

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