Las Vegas NV and the essence of knowing your poker hands.
by amy perry Monday, February 28, 2011
There are some things in life one just has to do. When one retires in Florida, one must learn shuffleboard, when dining in a French restaurant you better know how to order a bottle of wine (and own a jacket and tie). When making a trip to Las Vegas NV you really need to learn your poker hands. It’s really not that hard, but it’s astonishing to see the number of folks in casinos or chatting away in bars that can’t tell a flush from a kick in the pants.
Well, we don’t want to give it all away and take away the suspense, but here are a few basics for you. If you and your opponents all have squat, the person with the highest card wins. So, if you have an ace and I have a 10, you win. This rule also applies for ties when the poker hands you and your opponent has are the same. Though there are some rule variations in ole Las Vegas NV the rest is pretty much this: one pair, two pair, three of a kind, a straight, a flush, a full hose, four of a kind, a straight flush with special kudos to that specialist of straight flushes, the royal flush.
While most people can grasp the full house (three of a kind plus two of a kind) One of the most common areas of confusion is between straight, flush and straight flush. In the ranking of poker hands, a straight is just any old straight sequence of card, any old suit as long as the hierarchy is in order like 4,5,6,7,8 or 8,9,10,J,Q. A flush is sort of the mirror opposite of that. A flush happens when you have all the cards in the same suit, but not in the same order.
So a flush would be like 3,6,8,9,K if all the cards were spades, or diamonds, or whatever. The important thing is that the cards are of the same suit. Of course, most of us will be unlikely to do much better than that, but for the poker pros in Las Vegas NV, well; they play so many poker hands that sooner or later their number is going to come up. So if you combine the two rules, flush and straight flush, you get a straight flush and as you may have guessed this means that you have to have your cards in order AND of the same suit. A royal flush is really just the best possible straight flush that starts at Ace.
Resource Box: If you are interested in coming to Las Vegas NV, why not do it in style and learn your poker hands.
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