The Basic Rules of Vegas Poker A Beginner’s Guide

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When you think of Poker, you think of Las Vegas. The two go hand-in-hand. You’ll find poker tables everywhere you look in Vegas, and most likely there will even be a table in your hotel. Want to give it a go? It may seem complicated and daunting at first glance, but it’s not too hard to learn the basic rules and start having fun (and winning money!). This is our beginner’s guide to the basic rules of Vegas Poker.

A bit stuck? Take a look at our glossary of poker terms.

  • Contents
  • Card Ranking
  • Card Odds
  • Betting
  • Five Card Draw
  • Video Poker
  • Texas Hold’em

Poker Card Ranking: What Beats What

The best place to start learning about the ins-and-outs of poker is getting familiar with what makes a good hand. Take a look at the ranking of poker hands below, which are listed from best to worst. Even though there are quite a few different forms of situs ceme keliling, the ranking shown here is always the same.

Royal Flush

Getting a Royal Flush is the most uncommon hand to get, and therefore the most valuable hand in poker. It’s comprised of 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace, all of the same suit.

Straight Flush

A straight flush is another rare hand. It is comprised of five cards in numerical order and all in the same suit. It’s not allowed to “wrap around”, as in Q-K-A-2-3.

If there are two Straight Flushes at the table, whichever hand’s Straight flush reaches the highest valued card wins.

Take a look at the examples below. Hand 2 (which has a King) would beat Hand 1 (which only goes up to 8).

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Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same numerical rank, and another random card. If there are two or more Four of a Kinds at the table, the hand with the highest numerical ranking wins.
In the example below, Hand 2 would beat Hand 1.

Full House

A Full House is when three of the cards in your hand have the same numerical rank, and the two remaining cards have the same numerical rank as each other. Ties are broken first by the value of the Three of a Kind, then of the Pair.

So, K-K-K-3-3 beats Q-Q-Q-A-A, which beats Q-Q-Q-7-7.


A Flush is comprised of five cards of the same suit. Regardless of their numerical rank. In a tie, whoever has the highest ranking card in their hand wins.

In the example below, Hand 1 (with a King) beats Hand 2 (with a Queen).


A Straight is five cards in numerical order, regardless of their suits. Just like with the Straight Flush, a Straight is not allowed to “wrap around”. In a tie, whoever’s Straight reaches the higher ranking card wins.

In the example below, Hand 1 beats Hand 2.

Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same numerical rank, and two random cards that don’t make a pair.

Two Pair

Two sets of pairs, and another random card.

One Pair

One pair and three random cards. If more than one person has a One Pair, the person with the highest ranking pair wins.

High Card

What if no one has anything of value?

Then the player holding the highest-valued card wins. In the case of a tie, you move to the next highest card.