What are the basic rules of poker?

Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The cards are ranked from high to low in the following order: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aces are ALWAYS high. Aces are worth more than Kings and so on. The cards are also separated into four suits. The suits are: 

• Clubs:
• Spades:
• Hearts:
• Diamonds:

The suits are all of equal value, meaning that no suit is more valuable than another. 

Poker is a card game in which players bet into a communal pot during the course of a hand, and in which the player holding the best hand at the end of the betting wins the pot.

During a given betting round, each remaining player in turn may take one of four actions:

1. check, a bet of zero that does not forfeit interest in the pot

2. bet or raise, a nonzero bet greater than preceding bets that all successive players must match or exceed or else forfeit all interest in the pot

3. call, a nonzero bet equal to a preceding bet that maintains a player’s interest in the pot

4. fold, a surrender of interest in the pot in response to another player’s bet, accompanied by the loss of one’s cards and previous bets

Betting usually proceeds in a circle until each player has either called all bets or folded. Different poker games have various numbers of betting rounds interspersed with the receipt or replacement of cards.

Notes on Poker Hands with the Same Rank

NOTE 1: If two players have Two Pair, the poker hand with the highest Pair wins. If they have the same high Pair, whoever has the second highest Pair in their hand wins. If they have the same Two Pairs, then whoever has the highest fifth card wins the hand.

NOTE 2: If two players have the same value Pair, the highest card(s) outside of their Pair wins the hand.