Facebook poker tutorial - the basics

The cards

Before the cards are dealt the player to the immediate left of the dealer must pay what is called a small blind, is a compulsory bet that usually equals the amount at the minimum bet at the table. The small blind is half of the compulsory bet. Also before the cards are dealt the player to the immediate left of the small blind must pay what it is called a big blind. Remember a blind is a compulsory bet that usually equals the amount of the minium bet at the table.

Now that the two blinds have been paid the action begins! Two cards are dealt face down to each player in a clockwise direction starting with the player on the small blind, these two cards are called hole cards.

The four card to be dealt is known as turn.

The fifth and final card to be dealt is called the river.

Understand the ranking of hands in poker

High Card - The highest ranked card is an Ace, and the ranking runs from ace down through the picture cards all the way to 2.

Pair - Any two cards of the same rank.

Two Pair - Two sets of cards of the same rank.

Three of a kind - Also called trips this is where you have three cards of the same rank.

Flush - Five cards in sequential rank order .

Full House - A combination of a pair and three of a kind.

Four of a kind - Four cards of the same rank.

Straight Flush - A straight with all the cards in the same suit.

Royal flush - The daddy of all poker hands, is a traight flush involving 10,Jack, Queen, King and Ace .

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