Poker is a card game in which players bet into a communal pot during the course of a hand, and in
player holding the best hand at the end of the betting wins the pot. During a given betting round, each
player in turn may take one of four actions:
1) Check, a bet of zero that does not forfeit interest in the pot.
2) Bet or raise, a nonzero bet greater than preceding bets that all successive players must match
or exceed or
else forfeit all interest in the pot.
3) Call, a nonzero bet equal to a preceding bet that maintains a player's interest in the
4) Fold, a surrender of interest in the pot in response to another players's bet, accompanied by
the loss of one's
cards and previous bets.
Betting usually proceeds in a circle until each player has either called all bets or folded.
Different poker games
have various numbers of betting rounds interspersed with the receipt or replacement of cards. Poker is usually
played with a standard 4-suit 52-card deck, but a joker or other wild cards may be added. The ace normally
plays high, but can sometimes play low, as explained below. At the showdown those players still remaining
compare their hands according to the following rankings:
Straight flush : Five cards of the same suit in sequence, such as 76543 of hearts. Ranked by the
top card, so
that AKQJT is the best straight flush, also called a royal flush. The ace can play low to make 5432A, the
Four of a Kind : Four cards of the same rank accompanied by a "kicker", like 44442. Ranked by the
that 44442 beats 3333K.
Full House : Three cards of one rank accompanied by two of another, such as 777JJ. Ranked by the
that 44422 beats 333AA.
Flush : Five cards of the same suit, such as AJ942 of hearts. Ranked by the top card, and then by
the next card,
so that AJ942 beats AJ876. Suits are not used to break ties.
Straight : Five cards in sequence, such as 76543. The ace plays either high or low, making AKQJT
"Around the corner" straights like 32AKQ are usually not allowed.
Three of a Kind : Three cards of the same rank and two kickers of different ranks, such as KKK84.
the trips, so that KKK84 beats QQQAK, but QQQAK beats QQQA7.
Two Pair : Two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank and a kicker of a third rank, such as
by the top pair, then the bottom pair and finally the kicker, so that KK449 beats any of QQJJA, KK22Q, and
One Pair : Two cards of one rank accompanied by three kickers of different ranks, such as AAK53.
the pair, followed by each kicker in turn, so that AAK53 beats AAK52.
High Card : Any hand that does not qualify as one of the better hands above, such as KJ542 of
Ranked by the top card, then the second card and so on, as for flushes.
Suits are not used to break ties, nor are cards beyond the fifth; only the best five cards in
each hand are used in
the comparison. In the case of a tie, the pot is split equally among the winning hands.
Several variations are possible when playing for low. Some games permit the ace to play low and
and flushes, making 5432A the best possible low, even if it makes a straight flush. Other games just reverse
order used for high hands, making 75432 of mixed suits the best possible low. Still others count straights and
flushes against you but let the ace play low, making 6432A best. Note that in most games in which the ace plays
low, a pair of aces is lower than a pair of deuces, just as an ace is lower than a deuce.
When a joker is in play, it usually can only be used as an ace or to complete a straight or
flush. It cannot be used
as a true wild card, for example, as a queen to make QQ43X play as three queens. When playing for low, the
joker becomes the lowest rank not already held, so 864AX is played as 8642A, with the joker used as a deuce.
Although true wild cards are rarely seen in a casino, they are a popular way to add excitement to
a home game.
Wild cards introduce an additional hand, five of a kind, which normally ranks above a straight flush. They can
also cause confusion when two players hold the same hand composed of different wild card combinations. The standard
rules of poker do not distinguish between such hands, but some players prefer to rank hands using
fewer wild cards above less "natural" versions of the same hand.
Pai Gow Poker Rules :
Pai Gow poker is somewhat different from normal poker, though the desired hands remain almost the
Pai Gow poker is played with 53 cards, which is the standard 52 cards used in poker plus one joker, which
can be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush or straight flush. In Pai Gow poker the player receives
7 cards to divide into one five-card hand and one two-card hand. A two-card hand can be either a pair or two
single cards. The player then must make a five card hand with the seven cards which scores higher than the
If your five-card hand beats the dealer's five-card hand and your two-card hand beats the
....dealer's two-card hand, you win the hand.
If the dealer's five-card hand beats your five-card hand and the dealer's two-card hand beats
....your two-card hand, the dealer wins the hand.
If you and the dealer each win one hand, the result is a push, and you receive your original
If you fail to set your cards so that the five-card hand outscores the two-card hand, you
....and the dealer wins by default.