Poker Basics

There are five cards in every hand of Video Poker. In most Video Poker games, cards are dealt from a standard deck of playing cards.


I. The Standard Deck
II. Hand Ranking Video
III. Poker Hand Rankings
I. Royal Flush
II. Straight Flush
III. Four of a Kind
IV. Full House
V. Flush
VI. Straight
VII. Three of a Kind
VIII. Two Pair
IX. One Pair

X. High Card

The Standard Deck

There are 52 cards in a standard deck of playing cards. They’re divided into 4 suits (, ♠, & ♣).

All suits are of equal value. No suit is ranked higher than any other.

Each suit has 13 cards or ranks:

Standard Deck

Standard Deck

The Ace is the highest card, and the 2 card or Deuce, is the lowest. The Ace can also be used as a low card with a value of 1.

In games like Joker Poker, there are also two Jokers that are wild. They can act as any card you need.

Jokers

Jokers


 


Poker Hand Rankings

(What Beats What in Poker)

Every possible poker hand ranked from best to worst.


Royal Flush
Royal Flush

Royal Flush

Poker’s most famous hand, a royal flush, cannot be beaten. It consists of the Ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all of the same suit.


Straight Flush
Straight Flush

Straight Flush

Five cards in sequence and of the same suit.

If two or more players have a Straight Flush, the player holding the Straight Flush with the highest ranked card is the winner.


Four of a Kind
Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank, with one other card called the kicker. If two players have Four of a Kind, the higher kicker decides who wins the pot.

This example shows the best possible Four of a Kind, four Aces with a King kicker.


Full House
Full House

Full House

Three cards of the same rank, plus two cards of a different matching rank. If two or more players have a Full House, the highest three matching cards wins.

If players have the same three matching cards, the highest value of the two matching cards wins. This example shows: Aces full of Kings.


Flush
Flush

Flush

Five cards of the same suit, not in sequence.

If two or more players have a Flush, the player holding the Flush with the highest ranked card is the winner.

When necessary, the second, third, fourth or fifth highest cards are used to break a tie.


Straight
Straight

Straight

Five non-suited cards in sequence. If two or more players have a Straight, the player holding the Straight with the highest ranked card is the winner.

Aces can count as either a high or a low card. This example shows a five-high Straight, which is the lowest possible Straight.


Three of a Kind
Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same rank. If two or more players have Three of a Kind, the highest value of the three matching cards wins.

If two or more players have the same Three of a Kind , the player with the highest fourth card wins.

If the fourth cards are the same, the player with the highest fifth card wins. This example shows the best possible Three of a Kind.


Two Pair
Two Pair

Two Pair

Two cards of the same rank with two cards of a another matching rank. If two or more players have Two Pair, the highest pair wins.

If they have the same Two Pair, the highest second pair wins. If both pairs are identical, the highest fifth card, the kicker wins.

This example shows the best possible Two Pair.


One Pair
One Pair

One Pair

Two cards of matching rank with three additional unrelated cards. If two or more players have One Pair, the highest pair wins.

If the pairs are identical, the player with the highest third card wins. If the third cards are also the same,  the player with the highest fouth card wins.

If the third and the fourth cards are the same, the player with the highest fifth card wins. This example shows the best possible One Pair hand.


High Card
High Card

High Card

Any hand that is not in the hand ranks listed above. If two or more players have the same High Card, the player with the highest second card wins.

As with other hands, if both second cards are the same, the player with the highest third card wins, and so on.

If the players have four card of equal value, the highest fifth cards are compared. The player with the highest fifth card wins.

This  example shows the best possible High Card hand, an Ace King high.