Poker is a great casino game. But, to play well you must understand it. Keep in mind the values of cards and the order of increasing value is 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, jack (J), queen (Q), king (K) and ace (A). The ace can usually double as the lowest card when necessary.
You need to be familiarized with the definitions and values of different hands in poker. The nine hands are: one pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush and royal flush. A given hand will beat all other hands listed before it.
Know that, one pair is of any two cards of same numerical value, together with any three other cards. Learn that, two pair means two different pairs of cards and one extra card. Realize that, three of a kind means three cards of same numerical value and two other extra cards. Remember that, a straight refers to five cards in numerical order.
Note that, a flush is of five non-sequential cards belonging to the same suit. Keep in mind that, a royal flush contains the 10, jack, queen, king and ace together which belong to a single suit. Understand that, a full house consists of three of a kind and a pair simultaneously. Mind that, four of a kind refers to four cards of same numerical value and one extra card. Realize that, a straight flush consists of all five cards belonging to the same suit.