Beginners guide to poker – part one

The cards are ranked in descending order (high to low) and
are as follows:

Ace -> King ->Queen -> Jack -> 10 -> 9 ->
8 -> 7 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 3 -> 2

The cards are separated into four suits of equal value they
are: Clubs, Spades, Hearts, Diamonds.

The object of the game is to end up with the highest-valued
hand comprising of five cards. Here are the rankings from best to worse.

Rank 1 = Royal Flush

The most difficult hand to get and your chances are approximately 0.000154%. A
Royal Flush is the following:

10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace (all of the same suit)

Rank 2 = Straight Flush

With an approximate probability of 0.00139%. A Straight Flush is five cards in
numeric order, all of the same suit for example:

6-7-8-9-10 (all of the same suit)

Rank 3 = Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same numerical value and another random card. Your
probability of achieving this hand is approximately 0.0240%. An example of a
Four of a Kind is below:


Rank 4 = Full House

A Full House consists of five cards, three have the same numerical value and
the remaining cards also have the same numerical value, your probability of
hitting a Full House is approximately 0.144%. Here is an example of a Full


Rank 5 = Flush

With an approximately probability of 0.197%. A Flush is five cards of entirely
the same suit. In a tie, whoever has the highest ranking card, wins. An example
of a flush is as follows:

2-4-6-King-Ace (all of the same suit)

Rank 6 = Straight

A Straight is five cards in numerical order, regardless of their suits. In a
tie whichever straight is higher wins. You have roughly a 0.392% chance of
hitting a Straight. Here is an example:


Rank 7 = Three of a Kind

With an approximate probability of 2.11%, Three of a Kind is three cards of the
same numerical value and two other cards that are not a pair. For example:


Rank 8 = Two Pair

Two Pair is two sets of pairs and another random card. You have roughly 4.75%
of hitting Two Pairs. Here is an example:


Rank 9 = One Pair

One Pair and three random cards you have an estimated probability of 42.3% of
hitting One Pair. Here is an example:


Rank 10 = High Card

If no players have anything of any value the player holding the Highest Card
wins, with 2 as the lowest and Ace as the highest. For example:


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