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Texas Hold 'Em Basics


CARD RANKINGS

To win a showdown in Texas Hold 'Em, your five-card hand must be ranked higher than those of your opponents. A look at what beats what, starting with the strongest hand:

Royal Flush: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit (A ♠ K ♠ Q ♠ J ♠ 10 ♠ )

Straight Flush: Any five cards of the same suit in sequence (7 ♥ 6 ♥ 5 ♥ 4 ♥ 3 ♥ )

Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same face value (K ♠ K ♣ K ♥ K ♦)

Full House: Three of a kind plus a pair (Q ♠ Q ♣ Q ♦ J ♠ J ♥)

Flush: Any five cards of the same suit (K ♠ 7 ♠ 10 ♠ A ♠ 4 ♠)

Straight: Any five cards in sequence (7 ♥ 6 ♣ 5 ♥ 4 ♠ 3 ♠)

Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same face value (7 ♠ 7 ♣ 7 ♥)

Two Pair: Two sets of pairs, any suit (10 ♦ 10 ♣ 5 ♣ 5 ♥)

Pair: Two cards of the same face value (10 ♦ 10 ♣ )

High Card: Single highest value card


GLOSSARY

Limit: The maximum allowed bet or raise.

No-Limit Poker: When there is no limit to a player's maximum bet.

Pot-Limit Poker: When a player's maximum bet or raise cannot exceed the pot.

Dealer: The player issuing cards and monitoring the pot.

Button: The player in the dealer position.

Hole Cards: A player's two down cards.

Pot: The pool of chips at stake.

Stack: A player's chips.

Blind: A forced bet made before any cards are dealt.

Small Blind: Usually the player to the left of the dealer, required to bet a portion of the the big blind before any cards are dealt.

Big Blind: Usually two seats left of the dealer, required to place the minimum first-round bet before any cards are dealt.

Call: To match the most recent bet made.

Check: Assuming there has been no bet made, a player can "pass" by not betting with an option to call or raise later.

Raise: To increase the previous bet.

Burn Card: A discard before each deal.

Pre-Flop: Before any community cards are dealt, players bet based on their hole cards.

Flop: The first three community cards dealt and the second betting round.

Turn: The fourth community card dealt and the third betting round.

River: The final community card dealt and the final betting round.

Draw: To play a weak hand in hopes of receiving a needed card.

Bluff: To bet or raise on a weak hand to make other players believe it is strong.

Fold: To quit playing a hand.

All-In: When a player bets all of his or her chips.


RESOURCES

» More poker terms: PokerNews.com and PokerStars.com

» Texas Hold 'Em primer

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