GENERAL GUIDELINES

THE BASICS OF POKER

The central rules of poker have been quite plain. The purpose of the game would be to win the pot that is, the money or chips that are located in the center of the table.

This could be achieved in one of two ways. Either you could show your rivals the best hand or
you could bluff and persuade them that you have the best hand.

In some forms of poker, the best high hand and the best low hand would each win half the pot.

This variant would be known as a split-pot game.

Each poker hand begins by seeding the pot with a token amount of money in the form of an ante or one or more blind bets.

If an ante was to be used, everyone must put a small percentage of the original bet into the pot.

If blinds were to be used, one or more omaha poker players will be assigned to post a bet or a fractional bet before receiving any cards.

Blinds will usually revolve around the table, so everyone will pay his fair share.

During the play of a poker hand, prospects to bet and raise will occur after each round of cards has been dealt.

If at any time you were to decide not to continue in the hand, you could dispose of it, thereby giving up your interest in the pot.

This would mean, of course, that you would not have to put any extra money into the pot.

If you were to be the bettor or raiser and no one was to call your last bet, you would win the pot.

If one or more poker players would call, then the person with the best hand would win the pot.

Poker would be as simple as that. Yet this central set of rules, plus a few extra ones specific to each form of poker, will create a most wonderful game.

A game that many people would play for a lifetime some very sincerely, but countless others for enjoyment alone.

THE RANKINGS OF HANDS

Seven-card stud and Texas hold’em have been variants of high poker, where the highest-ranking hand has won.

These two games and most other types of poker have been played with a standard fifty-two-card deck. No joker has been integrated.

A deck has consisted of four different suits (all suits are considered equal) spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs and each suit has contained thirteen cards.

The ace has been the highest ranking card, followed by the king, queen, jack, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, and deuce.

An ace too could be used as the lowest ranking card in a five-high straight for instance, an ace of diamonds, two of spades,

Three of clubs, four of hearts, and five of spades or in a five-high straight flush, like the ace of hearts, two of hearts, three of hearts, four of hearts, and five of hearts.

While most types of poker that will be tackled in this book would be played with seven cards, the goal would be to make the best five-card poker hand at the showdown.

The ranking order for hands in poker high low, will be based on their possibility of incidence from the least likely to most likely as follows:

Straight flush – five cards that would be of the same suit in succession.

An ace-high straight flush would be referred to as a ‘royal flush’ and would be the best possible hand in high poker.

Four of a kind – four cards that would be of the same rank, plus an isolated fifth card that would
have no bearing on the hand’s value.

The higher the rank of the four of a kind, the better the hand would be.

Full house – three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.

The verification of a full house would be resolved by the three of a kind and not by the pair. 

Flush – any five cards that are of the same suit.

The cards would not be in series, and the suit would have bearing on the rank of the flush.

If more than one poker player were to hold a flush, the highest flush would be established by the rankof the distinct cards, starting hand with the highest card.

Straight – five cards that are in series, not all of the same suit.