Below find step-by-step beginners guides to the rules, betting structures and game play of all the most popular poker variations, including Texas Hold'em, Omaha and Seven-Card Stud.

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High Card Any hand not in the above-mentioned hands. Our example shows the best possible high-card hand.
One Pair Any five consecutive cards of different suits. Aces can count as either a high or a low card. Our example shows a five-high straight, which is the lowest possible straight.
Two Pair Any two cards of the same rank together with another two cards of the same rank. Our example shows the best possible two-pair, Aces and Kings. The highest pair of the two determines the rank of the two-pair.
Three of a kind Any three cards of the same rank. Our example shows three-of-a-kind Aces, with a King and a Queen as side cards – the best possible three of a kind.
Straight Any five consecutive cards of different suits. Aces can count as either a high or a low card. Our example shows a five-high straight, which is the lowest possible straight.
Flush Any five cards of the same suit (not consecutive). The highest card of the five determines the rank of the flush. Our example shows an Ace-high flush, which is the highest possible.
Full House Any three cards of the same rank together with any two cards of the same rank. Our example shows “Aces full of Kings” and it is a bigger full house than “Kings full of Aces.”
Four of a Kind Any four cards of the same rank. If two players share the same Four of a Kind, the bigger fifth card (known as the kicker) decides who wins the pot.
Straight Flush A straight from a ten to an ace with all five cards of the same suit. In poker all suits are ranked equally.
Royal Flush Any hand not in the above-mentioned hands. Our example shows the best possible high-card hand.