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HOW TO PLAY TEXAS HOLD'EM

Game rules & Help

Useful Terminology

Play of Hand

Showdown

Winning hands

Royal Flush

Royal Flush: Five consecutive cards from 10 to the Ace in the same suit.

Straight Flush

Straight Flush: Any five card sequence of the same suit, and all are consecutive. Ranking between straights is determined by the value of the high end of the straight.

Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind: All four cards of the same index (eg. Q, Q, Q, Q).

Full House

Full House: Three of a kind combined with a pair (eg. A, A, A, 5, 5). Ties of a full house are broken by the three of a kind, as you cannot have two equal sets of three of a kind in a single deck.

Flush

Flush: Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence. The high card determines the winner if two or more people have a flush.

Straight

Straight: Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit. A straight cannot wrap, meaning it is not a straight if you have a Queen, Kind, Ace, Two, Three. The higher straight wins if two or more people have a straight. In case of straights that tie, your money is returned to you.

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same value. The highest set of the three cards wins.

Two Pairs

Two Pairs: Two seperate paris (eg. A, A, Q, Q). The pair with the higher value is used to determine the winner of a tie.

One Pair

One Pair: One pair of two equal value cards constitutes a pair (eg. K, K).

High Card

High Card: If no one has any of the above winning hands, the tie is determined by the highest value card in the hand. If the highest cards are a tie then the tie is broken by the second highest card. Suits are not used to break ties.

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