Using a deck of 52 cards, a group of players around an oval or circular table compete for a pot. The goal is to make the best hand possible. There are hundreds of different variants of poker to choose from, but the basic principles stay the same.
The best hand is the hand that wins the biggest pot. Usually, this is determined by having the highest card in a hand. The highest card may be the first card dealt, or it may be the last card dealt.
In poker, the best hand may be any five cards, or a combination of five cards, all of which are in sequential order. The five cards may be of any suit, or a combination of suits. The best hand may also be a straight flush, a five card hand containing any five cards of the same suit.
The best hand may be a pair, or a pair of threes, if the hand is made up of two pairs. The best hand may also be a pair of queens, kings, or jacks, or any combination of these.
A pair of jacks is better than a pair of tens, but a pair of jacks isn’t quite as good as a pair of queens.
The best hand is the hand that has the highest card in it. The best hand may be a pair, a pair of threes, a straight flush, a five card poker hand containing any five cards of the same suite, or a combination of suits.