Rules of Poker


The fascinating game of Poker is played between at least two people with a standard deck of 52 cards (except Jokers). The cards are ranked from high to low i.e. Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. Generally, Ace is high but it can be high or low. Your family and friends can have a great time if you play for some prize associated with it. Although it has elements of chance at times, it requires significant skills to sustain the success consistently. For the beginners who want to learn fast, it is advised to play with someone or a group of people who know how to play.

The below image shows card values from Low to High.

The Basics

There are four suits - spades, diamonds, hearts and clubs, all of them are ranked equally. All poker hands contain five cards, the highest hand wins. Individual cards are ranked from best to worst. If two of the players achieve the same hand, the rank of a card decides the tie-break. The Ace is the most valuable card. After Ace it goes in descending order: King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 (or as shown in the Figure Above)

Raise —

When a player thinks he has a good hand or he wants the other players to think he has a good hand, he may increase the wager required. The other players have to match the wager to continue playing.

Fold —

When a player thinks his hand is not good enough to win and does not want to match the current wager, he may lay down his cards. Here he cannot win the hand, but his chips will be saved.

Call —

When one player has raised the stakes, the other players can "call", that means to bring the parity of the amount wagered by the player who has raised.

Check —

When the required wager is not increased by any of the players, the player may stand by passing on his option to bet.

Players try to form the best five-card hand possible. The hands of poker have different values and the one with best poker hand wins.