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Poker Rules

Do you want to learn how to play poker? Well, it is simple and can be learned quickly. This guide takes you through the basic poker rules that you need to know if you want to play Poker in India.

How to Win?

The winner in poker is the person who has the highest-ranked hand at the time of showdown (when all cards are shown). However, a showdown is not needed if a player makes the last uncalled bet. If you don’t know the correct order, here is the descending order of hands in poker.

Hands in Poker

ROYAL FLUSH

A

K

Q

J

10

STRAIGHT FLUSH

5

6

7

8

9

FOUR OF A KIND

J

J

J

J

4

FULL HOUSE

Q

Q

Q

7

7

FLUSH

K

10

9

5

4

STRAIGHT

7

6

5

4

3

THREE OF A KIND

A

A

A

4

2

TWO PAIRS

J

J

8

8

6

PAIR

Q

Q

3

6

5

HIGH CARD

A

9

2

7

3

Hands Name Examples
ROYAL FLUSH A-K-Q-J-T(ALL IN THE SAME SUIT)
STRAIGHT FLUSH 5-6-7-8-9(ALL IN THE SAME SUIT)
FOUR OF A KIND J-J-J-J-4(ALL ARE IN DIFFERENT SUIT)
FULL HOUSE Q-Q-Q-7-7(THREE OF THE SAME KIND,TWO OF THE OTHER.)
FLUSH Q-Q-Q-7-7(ALL ARE IN SAME SUIT)
STRAIGHT 8-7-6-5-4(ALL OF DIFFERENT SUIT)
THREE OF A KIND A-A-A-4-2(ALL OF DIFFERENT SUIT)
TWO PAIRS J-J-8-8-6(ALL OF DIFFERENT SUIT)
ONE PAIRS A-A-7-4-2(ALL OF DIFFERENT SUIT)
HIGH CARD A-Q-9-6-3(ALL OF DIFFERENT SUIT,UNPAIRED)

How to Start?

If you play poker, you should know that a poker game starts with a forced bet, which is the starting amount players have to put in the pot, as per the poker rules. After the forced bet, the cards are distributed among all the players. The amount is then raised with subsequent rounds.

Actions

In poker, you have to take action on your turn. In a poker game, you can choose one of the following actions on your turn.

  • CHECK: If you “check,” you refuse to open the betting. If all players check, the round is considered to be complete.

  • BET: You call “bet” if no bets have been placed in the round. Once you bet, other players have to match the bet amount to remain in hand.

  • FOLD: If you call “fold,” you cannot act in the hand again.

  • CALL: You can call if there is already a bet made in the round to match the current highest bet made.

  • RAISE: If you raise, you match the highest bet of the round, and make a bid greater than the existing highest bid.

Showdown

After calling the last raise, the showdown will occur. In the showdown, all the remaining active players declare their hands, and the player with the highest-ranked hands wins the pot.

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