Poker games played in casinos or online are all played with a deck of 52 cards.
Jokers or wild cards are never used.

In all the poker games, except for Draw poker, the suits have no distinct value for ranking of the best poker hands.

In Draw poker, the spade is the most valuable suit, followed by hearts, clubs and diamonds.(can vary from place to place, so make sure you know the highest value before you sit down to play.

There are 13 cards of each suit and the highest-ranking card is the ace followed by the king, queen, jack, 10 and all the way down
to the 2.

Aces are unique in the sense that the can also be used as the lowest card in the deck.
For example; A-2-3-4-5 is the lowest straight and A-K-Q-J-10 is the highest straight possible in poker.

Most poker games are played as high games, meaning the highest hand wins.
However, there are games like 7 card stud hi/low and Omaha hi/low where both the highest and the lowest hand wins. In Lowball poker, only the lowest hand wins.

Hand ranking in poker can seem intimidating at first, but will become second nature after a very short time of practice.

The poker hands rankings below is done in a chronological order with the best-ranked hand first.

ROYAL FLUSH is a hand consisting of A-K-Q-J-10 in the same suit.
This is the best hand in poker and will not come around to often.

STRAIGHT FLUSH is the same hand as a royal flush except for the top card being lower than ace.
K-Q-J-10-9 or 7-6-5-4-3 in the same suit are both straight flushes with the king high straight flush being the strongest of the two.

FOUR OF A KIND is a hand consisting of four cards of the same rank.
Q-Q-Q-Q-4 or 5-5-5-5-K are both four of a kind hands, with the first one being the strongest of the two.
There are no ties when two or more players have four of a kind, so the hand with the highest ranked cards wins.

FULL HOUSE consists of three cards with the same rank like K-K-K, and two cards with the same rank like Q-Q.
This will give us a complete hand of K-K-K-Q-Q.
If two ore more players have a full house than the winning hand will be the hand with the three highest ranked cards. K-K-K-Q-Q will beat both J-J-J-A-A and A-A-9-9-9

FLUSH consists of five cards in the same suit.
A-J-9-6-3 in the same suit is called an ace high flush and will beat any other flush hands.

STRAIGHT consists of five cards with different suits in sequence like 9-8-7-6-5.
If several players have a straight, than the straight with the highest ranked card wins. 9-8-7-6-5 beats 7-6-5-4-3.

THREE OF A KIND contains three cards of the same rank with two other cards.
The hand with the three highest ranked cards wins if more than one player has a three of a kind. 7-7-7-A-9 beats 6-6-6-A-K.

TWO PAIR contains of two cards of the same rank with two other cards of the same rank and with one odd card. For example 6-6-4-4-3.
If two players hold two pairs, than the hand with the highest single pair wins.
If they are also identical, than the second pair decides who wins.
If this pair is also identical than the rank of the odd card decides the winner. The pot is split if the odd card is also identical.

ONE PAIR consists of two cards of the same rank plus three odd cards. J-J-7-4-2.

HIGH CARD consists of five cards of different rank. A-Q-10-6-3.

These hand rankings can look confusing at first but will become second nature to you after some practice.

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