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"The lessons of poker are the lessons of life"

"Knowledge without discipline is wasted, and talent without knowledge is merely unrealized potential"

TEXAS HOLDEM - basic play.

1 - Deal: Two cards face down to each player. 
2 - 1st betting round (the highest showing hand starts). 
3 - Three Cards ("the flop") are dealt face up to the middle of the table. 
4 - 2nd betting round.
5 - One more card ("4th street" or "the turn") is dealt face up to the middle of the table.
6 - 3rd betting round.
7 - One more card ("the river") is dealt face up to the middle of the table.
8 - 4th betting round.
9 - Each player makes his best five card hand from the two cards he is holding and the table's five cards.
10 - Showdown: The player with the best five-card hand wins.
TEXAS HOLDEM - standard five-card poker hands ranked in order of strength, from the strongest hand to the weakest.

Royal Flush - the best possible hand
Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit

Straight Flush
Any five-card sequence in the same suit (e.g. 8, 9, 10, Jack and Queen of clubs; or 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of diamonds)

Four of a Kind
All four cards of the same value (e.g. 8, 8, 8, 8; or Queen, Queen, Queen, Queen)

Full House
Three of a kind combined with a pair (e.g. 10, 10, 10 with 6, 6; or King, King, King with 5, 5)

Flush
Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (e.g. 4, 5, 7, 10 and King of spades)

Straight
Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (e.g. 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of diamonds, 10 of spades and Jack of hearts)

Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value (e.g. 3, 3, 3; or Jack, Jack, Jack)

Two Pair
Two separate pairs (e.g. 2, 2, Queen, Queen)

Pair
Two cards of the same value (e.g. 7, 7)

High Card
If a hand contains none of the above combinations, it's valued by the highest card in it

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