Poker hands are easy to learn. Poker hands is made from the best arrangement of five cards and are ranked as follows, highest first:
- Royal Flush:
A-K-Q-J-10, all same suit
- Straight Flush:
any five consecutive cards, all same suit
four cards, same value (e.g. four 7’s)
- Full House:
three-of-a-kind and a pair
any five cards of the same suit
any five consecutive cards
three cards, same value
- Two Pair:
two cards, same value
- High Card:
five dissimilar cards, mixed suit
Poker hands as well as poker rules is not a hard to learn but as many other things in life, just knowing the rules isn’t enough. In order to succeed, one must experience the game, and learn from mistakes. The problem is that each mistake means the loss of money and some mistakes can be avoided mainly by understanding a number of principles. What follows is certainly self-explanatory for experienced players but I’m sure beginner poker player could save quite a bit of money by reading this article.
- Don’t forget to take the rake back. Most sites charge for every hand of rake but some do put some of it back in your account. This recharge saves a lot of money in the long run.
- Don’t enter the game with any poker hands you are dealt – remember that an experienced player can win with almost every hand, must usually a bad hand will lose you money. Think twice before you decide to enter a game.
- Don’t try to bluff all the time – everybody thinks that poker is a game based mainly on bluffing, but this isn’t so. You are being shown segments of a play, but that doesn’t mean that bluffing was the main part. Especially for a beginner, it’s always better to play according to the hand you were dealt.
- Always think about the cards that you opponent might have he can play even with weak poker hands. A good hand in poker is just not enough because your opponent’s hand might be even better. If you sense suspicious signs coming from your opponent, then it’s better to fold with a good hand then to lose money.
- It’s always better to play at tables where the players aren’t as good as you, so you chances of winning increase.
- Your position at the table in one of the major factors that determine who wins at poker. If you are the last to play you gain knowledge of the other players, which can help you win.
- Watch your opponent’s movements and body language even as you are folding. That gives you a way to find out when you opponent has a good hand.