Before you join the growing ranks of people playing online poker it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of the game. The Internet has introduced online poker to thousands of people that had never played poker before. If you are one of the newbies to online poker, the following information should make your foray into this electronic world much easier and you just might win some money.
The object of the game is obviously to have a better hand than your opponents and while there are variations to how the game is played, such as Texas Holdem , Five Card Draw and more, the basic order of winning hands is the same and should b one of the first things you learn. The winning combinations, from low to high, are as follows:
- High Card: If no one at the table has a winning category, the person with the highest card wins
- One Pair
- Two Pair
- Three of a Kind
- Straight – does not have to be the same suite
- Full House
- Four of a Kind
- Straight Flush – straight all in the same suite
- Royal Flush – straight all in the same suite and comprised of the 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace
If players have matching hands, the player with the highest numerical hand wins. For example, if all three players have one pair, the person with the highest pair wins, such as a pair of tens beats a pair of fives and a pair of threes. If the pairs happen to be identical, the person with the highest card outside the pair wins. For example, if both players have a pair of tens and one player has a Jack high card and one player has a five high card, the hand with the Jack high card wins.
Once you have this information in your memory all you need to do is learn the different rules for each type of poker that you want to play. The websites that offer the games also offer the rules and typically allow you to play free until you decide to play for money.