Texas Hold 'Em by Phill Hellmuth
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Texas Hold 'Em takes 5 minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master. Better get started.

Think you’ve got what it takes to play this game? Just to save face, you might want to review Phil’s house rules. And before you open your mouth, play it smart and learn the lingo.

Poker Hands (in descending order)

Royal Flush
Royal Flush:
A-K-Q-J-10 of the same suit.
More likely than winning the lottery, but not by much.

Straight Flush
Straight Flush:

5 cards of one suit in sequence.
Opponents will hate you for this hand — a fine feeling indeed.

4 of a Kind
4 of a Kind:

4 aces, 4 threes, and so on.
Holding this hand is a good time to consider betting your child’s tuition, especially if you’re not really fond of the kid.

Full House
Full House:

3 of one value and 2 of another.
This is where you’ve got to learn to stay cool while you bet.

Flush
Flush:
5 cards of one suit, not in any order.
A powerful hand…and pretty to look at, too!

Straight
Straight:
5 cards of different suits in sequence.
Be careful…if you’ve got this, an opponent probably does, too.

3 of a Kind
3 of a Kind:
3 of one value.
A good hand, but still quite beatable, so don’t go slinging your chips around just yet.

2 Pair
2 Pair:
2 of one value and two of another.
A tricky hand — it looks good, but notice where it sits on the food chain.

1 Pair
1 Pair:

2 of one value.
This hand wins more often than you’d think, especially if you’re holding twin royalty.

High Card
High Card:
When players have none of the above, the player with the highest card wins.
This might be a good time to get a snack…in other words, FOLD!



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