The world of poker is a fun and interesting one. A fairly easy game, poker can keep you occupied for quite a long time. However, before you indulge into the game yourself, it is important to have a leg-up on the competition and be informed about all of the hands and what they are used for.
Poker is a lot like a waiting game: Most of the time, a player receives more bad hands than good, but once the strong hands come, if a player plays smart they can reap the rewards (depending on what they are playing for, of course). It is also a game of strategy. Sometimes, bad hands can serve a player a silver platter. They can use these hands to their advantage to bluff other players. Mind you, it is not recommended to do this all the time, as people will eventually catch on... but if it is the right time, bad hands can turn out to be strong after all.
The following guide is for the beginner, and gives a general outline and idea of the basic poker hands. The hands are listed in order from top to bottom, starting with the strongest hand.
Things You Will Need
Five cards in sequence, all of the same suit.
Four Of a Kind
Also known as quads; Four cards of the same rank.
Also known as full boat; 3 matching cards of the same rank, plus 2 matching cards of the same rank. (or, 3 of a kind as well as 2 of a kind).
Any five cards of the same suit.
Five cards of any suit in sequential order.
Three Of A Kind
Also known as trips; Three cards of the same rank.
Two cards of the same rank, along with two different cards of the same rank.
Two cards of the same rank.
The highest ranked card in any given hand.
It is important to keep in mind that there are hundreds of variations of the game we know as poker. The most basic, which this guide is meant for, is Hold 'em Poker. Other variations include Omaha, Four Card Stud, Five Card Stud, and Pineapple among many, many more.
Although all of these different variations exist, the winning hands outlined in this guide are largely the same for each variation.