How To Play Poker

How To Play Poker

Developed during the early 19th Century, poker has grown to be one of the most popular card games in the world, as well as online casino game. With this beginner guide on How to Play Poker by Bet UK online casino, you will learn the basics of poker. From knowing your cards to knowing your hands as well as how much power your hand will have on the dealer to make for big wins at our online casino!

Know Your Cards

Before you do anything you’ve got to understand what online casino poker is all about and what it entails, and for poker this is a lot of cards! A standard poker deck contains 52 cards divided into 2 colours and 4 ‘suits’ which are;

Hearts (Red)
Diamonds (Red)
Clubs (Black)
Spades (Black)

Know Your Hand

So welcome to Bet UK online casino, you know your cards, now you’ve got to know your hand! Your hand is the set of 5 cards that you are dealt by the dealer at the table. Your hand will be made up of random cards from the original 52-high deck. With each hand you get, this will equate to a ranking which will determine whether you win the pot or not. So, let’s take a look at the Poker Power Rankings.

Power Rankings

Royal Flush

The Royal Flush is the best hand that you can achieve in poker and is incredibly rare, which is why it pays 500x your stake when playing Ultimate Texas Hold’Em at Bet UK online casino. In order to achieve a Royal Flush your hand must consist of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 all in the same suit and correct sequence as shown.

Straight Flush

The Straight Flush is the next best hand after the Royal Flush, and can pay as much as 50x your stake on online casino games like Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, or 20x your stake on Casino Hold’Em. A Straight Flush will be awarded when the cards are in consecutive order and in the same suit i.e 2,3,4,5,6 with no particular sequence needed. If the dealer in Live Poker happens to also have a Straight Flush, the hand with the highest Flush will be awarded the pot.

4 Of A Kind

Also known as ‘Quads’, a 4 Of A Kind win consists of four cards of the same value in one hand with suit not playing a factor i.e 10, 10, 10, 10. If both you and the dealer have 4 Of A Kind the hand that has the highest kicker will win.

Full House

A Full House is a hand that contains a ‘3 Of A Kind’ win as well as a pair. For example, if you have a hand that has three Aces and a pair of 7’s, this will be awarded as a Full House. As long as the dealer does not have the above hands then you will be awarded with the pot. Go for a full house at the Bet UK online casino.

Flush

Similar to the Straight Flush, a standard Flush will be awarded when your hand consists of all the same suited cards. However, unlike the Straight Flush this hand will not be consecutive numbers. If both you and the dealer have a Flush the one with the highest card will be awarded the pot.

Straight

A Straight hand consists of a basic sequence such as 2,3,4,5,6 with any suits involved within the hand. If the dealer has the same hand as you then the hand with highest Straight will win the pot. Head straight to the Bet UK online casino and try your luck.

3 Of A Kind

Also known as ‘Trips’, a 3 Of A Kind hand occurs when 3 of the same value cards (such as 5,5,5) are in your set of cards. If the dealer also has 3 Of A Kind then the hand with the highest Trips wins the pot.

2 Pair

2 Pair is when you have 2 cards that match 2 different cards. If you have 2 different cards in your hand (for example K + 8, and there is a K + 8 in the 5 cards on the table) then you will have 2 pair. However, if you already have a pair in your hand and there is also a pair on the board then you will also have 2 Pair hand.

Pair

Any 2 cards of the same value in your hand i.e 10 and 10. If the dealer also has a Pair then the hand with the highest Pair will win the pot.

High Card

If none of the above combinations are achieved via the cards dealt, then the winning pot will be given to whoever has the highest card in their set of cards.

It is extremely important that you memorise these rankings as a general rule of thumb for playing poker with your mates as to avoid any misconceptions (as explained below) while you’re playing. However, a big advantage that comes with Bet UK online casino Live Poker is that you will be told by the dealer what hand you currently have in order to advise your next decision.

Common Misconceptions

So now we have all of the possible hand combinations cleared, there’s some common misconceptions that need to be addressed to make sure you don’t throw away any winnings!

Misconception #1: “A Straight beats a Flush”

Wrong. It is important to remember that in poker a suit beats a sequence.

Misconception #2: “3 Of A Kind is worse than a 2 Pair because less cards are involved”

Wrong. While there are 4 cards involved with 2 Pair hands, 3 Of A Kind hands indeed still hold more power as there is more weight in one group, which leads us onto the next misconception.

Misconception #3: “Full House beats 4 Of A Kind”

Again, this is wrong. There’s quite a lot of people that are confused by this rule due to the name of the hands. A ‘Full House’ in bingo means that you have swept the board and won the biggest prize, so this leads some players to think that a Full House in poker means the same thing or thereabouts. It’s because of this that some beginner’s at poker don’t understand how a 4 Of A Kind can beat a Full House, and as mentioned before, it’s all about the card weight. As there is 3 Of A Kind as well as another pair in a Full House, due to a Four Of A Kind having more weight in a group, this hand will always win, regardless of what card values are involved.

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