Poker and some common terminology: Gambling Essentials
What is poker?
Poker is a card game for anywhere from two to ten people who compete by playing individual hands to win money. Poker is usually played for “chips” that have no value outside the game itself but can be exchanged for prizes of various kinds.
In reality, “poker” should be thought of as being any five cards suitably arranged in your hand that give you an advantage over other players’ five cards (or even four or six cards). There are literally thousands of ways to arrange five cards.
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First off, it is helpful to know some common terms used in poker-speak (we have added explanations where necessary):
- Full House: A hand that contains three of a kind and a pair. Example: 3, 2, 2 and 4, 5, 6 – you would have ‘2 full house’
- Flush: An even combination of cards that do not include any suit (or color). It is only ranked above four of a kind if at least one card is the same, and in this case, it will constitute a straight flush. Example: 9, Q, K, and 7 or 8, all in different colors/suits.
- Straight Flush: An odd number (i.e., not an even) but ordered the same as the consecutive ranks within each suit. However, if this winning combination has cards from two different suits, it will be a ‘Royal Flush’. Example: K, Q, A, and 10, all in the same suit.
- Four of a kind: A hand with four cards of one rank and another card in a different rank (much like a straight flush). If this combination is made up of two or more ranks from the same suit, it will constitute an ‘Inside Straight’. Example: 8, 2, 3, and 4 of different suits plus 5 or 6) – no ace here, so you have Inside Straight, not Royal Flush.