NEWBIE FAQ (PLEASE READ!)
1) Hand Ranks
3) Pot Odds
4) Home Games
5) Side Pots
1) WHO WINS WHEN.....
In most common versions of Poker, the best 5 card hand wins. You can use 5 cards, and ONLY 5 cards, to determine the rank of your hand. If there is a tie, an absolute tie, then you CANNOT use kickers to determine the winner, unless of course you're at a home game and everybody is drunk. If there is a tie in hands that do not use all 5 cards ( ie High card, Pair, 2 Pair, 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind), then the highest card not used in the meld (called a Kicker) determines the winner. If the kickers tie, then the next kicker is used, until the hand contains 5 cards.
RANK OF HANDS:
1) High Card:
:as :qh :7c :3s :2c
2) One Pair:
:qc :qh :tc :9h :3s
3) Two Pair:
:tc :th :7s :7h :as
4) Three of a Kind:
:3s :3h :3d :kh :js
:5s :6s :7h :8d :9c
:as :js :9s :7s :2s
7) Full house:
:ks :kh :kc :6s :6d
8) Four of a Kind:
:4h :4s :4c :4d :ks
9) Straight Flush:
:6s :7s :8s :9s :ts
If two players hold a flush, The highest flush wins, it is not a tie, unless the players use the same cards for their flushes.
ex. In Hold'em Player A holds :ks :qs, player B holds :7s :8s
The board reads: :as :4s :2s :6h :3c
Player A's flush is :as :ks :qs :4s :2s
Player B's flush is :as :8s :7s :4s :2s
Player A wins since he is using the :ks while player B can only use the :8s.
2) How Much Should I have in my Bankroll??
The math gurus have determined that in order to not go broke, you should have 300 big bets for Limit, and 2,500 big blinds for No/Pot Limit. This means if you are playing .25/.50 Limit, you should have a bank of $150 to play, and for .25/.50 NL, you should have $1,250.
Related Threads: 3) Pot Odds
A good place to start is with this article by Lou Krieger Pot Odds Made Easy. Then You can Use this chart to help you as you play. Then review these threads to get more info on the topic.
4) Setting up a Home game.
This is a very good thread on running a home game.
5) Side Pots.
Taken from this Thread.
Q: I was just wondering when a person goes all in, what happens after that? I'm a bit confused because I know once everyone calls your bet, then there's a side pot, and how are those winnings settled?
A: Here's an example:
PLayer A has 100 chips
Player B has 200 Chips
PLayer C has 300 chips.
Pre-flop, PLayer a pushes in, and both B & C call. That means there are 300 chips in the MAIN pot, with no side pot.
On the flop, PLayer B bets 50 chips, Player C calls. There is now 300 chips in the main pot, and 100 chips in the SIDE pot.
ON the turn PLayer goes all-in for his remaining 50 chips, and again C calls. Now there is 300 chips in the MAIN pot and 200 chips in the SIDE pot.
There can be no more betting action on the River since only C has chips left.
Now, First you determine between B & C who wins, the winner gets the 200 chip SIDE pot. Then out of the 3 players You determine who wins the 300 chip MAIN pot. PLayer A has no stake in the 200 chip SIDE pot so he cannot win any of it, He can only win what is in the MAIN pot.
If player B beats C, he wins the Side pot. But if player A can then beat B, player A wins the Main pot. The chips stacks would then be A: 300, B: 200, c: 100.
But if C beats B and C Beats A, then he gets everything.
EV, or Expected Value, is a way to determine if a particular move is poprfitable or not. Check Here for a fuller explanation of EV.