Learn How to Play Poker Like a Pro
Showdown: The final act of determining the winner of the pot after
all the betting has been completed.
Call: A bet exactly equal to the highest bet made by the preceding
player to stay in the play. Call is often known as "stay in".
Fold:A player discards his hand and gives up his chance of winning the
pot in this play. A player who folds is considered inactive and also
forfeits his previous bets. Fold is also referred to as "drop out".
Raise: A bet equal to the highest bet made by any of the preceding
players plus some extra amount. The additional amount is that by
which he raises the bet. Every other player in the game must either
then call (bring his bet up to the raised amount), fold, or raise again.
Check: It's like pass, where a player doesn't bet any amount and still
stays in the play.
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Know the order of cards, from low to high 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
Jack (J), Queen (Q), King (K) and Ace (A). The ace (A) can
usually double as the lowest card when necessary. There is no ranking
between the suits - so for example the king of hearts and the king of
spades are equal. Poker ranks are always based on five cards only.
Familiarize yourself with the definitions and values of different hand.
The hands are in order of increasing value: One Pair, Two pair,
Three of a kind, Straight, Flush, Full house, Four of a kind,
Straight flush and Royal flush. A given hand beats all hands listed
1. One pair refers to two cards out of five cards with the same
numerical value Ex: A-A-K-7-6 (or) J-J-8-5-3. If the pairs are
equal, compare the highest ranking odd cards from each hand; if
these are equal compare the second highest odd card, and if
these are equal too compare the lowest odd cards. So A-A-7-6-
5 beats A-A-7-3-2 because the 6 beats 3.