Being a successful Poker player will mean that you have a basic understanding of the card ranking system in the game. The poker hand always consists of five cards in each hand. You want to always strive to reach the highest hand possible to provide you with more of a chance to win the hand. The ultimate hand that you want to strive to achieve is the Straight Flush. This is five consecutive cards of the same suit. If you have an Ace in the hand then you will have an Ace high Straight Flush. This means that if one of your opponents also has a straight and their high card is only a Jack then you will win the hand, due to the highest card in the flush. A Royal Flush is a sequence of cards of the same suit such as Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten. They must be in sequence to create a royal Flush.
The next highest card ranking is the Four of a Kind. If you have four eights and an Ace, then you will have four of a kind with an Ace high. These are also sometimes called quads. The Full house consists of five cards, three of the same rank and two of another rank. This is also called a Boat. If you take some time to learn the ranking system you will only understand more of the games play. The Straight is five cards of consecutive ranks. These cards are not of the same suit. You can have a high or Low straight. This is based upon the numbers of the face cards that are in your hand. If you have a Low Ace Straight this is also called a wheel.
If you have three of the same face cards, then you will have a three of a kind. They are called trips or triplet. If you have two pair of cards of different suits then you will have a Two of a kind. This would consist of the following, 3-3-4-4-8. You will have two pair with eight high. If another play also has two pair, then the winner will be determined by the highest face card value. Sometimes you will have nothing. That means exactly that, you do not have any cards that can be counted as anything productive in the game of poker.
General rules that apply are high hand type beats low hand types. It is possible for the hand be ruled as a tie. In that case the jackpot will be split equally between both declared winners. Before you join a game be sure that you understand what variation of poker game will be played and what the stakes are set for. If you have a group of individuals that you play with the standards have probably been already established from previous games. If you join a game it will be assumed you are accepting the set terms of play.