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Online Poker Games Hands

Now, let's examine various kinds of online poker games hands, and what they look like.

For those readers who don't know anything about online poker games, we'll explain each type of winning hand. (A = Ace, K = King, Q = Queen, J = Jack.) All other cards have their numerical value, e.g., 10 = 10, 6 = 6.

The highest possible hand in online poker games is a Royal Flush. It consists of the A K Q J 10 of any suit. The second highest hand is a Straight Flush. It consists of five cards of the same suit in order, such as K Q J 10 9 or S 4 3 2 A. Note that the ace can be used as either the highest or lowest card in order.

Then 4 of a Kind follows. This hand consists of all four cards of the same rank, plus a fifth card that is an odd card. For example, 6 6 6 6 K is a 4 of a Kind hand. So is 9 Q 9 9 9or33733.

A Full House is next. It consists of three cards of one rank combined with two cards of another rank. For example, J J J 2 2 is a full house, also called a full boat in online poker games parlance. Or 8 3 3 8 3 is a full house. I'm purposely placing the numerical values in odd configurations, for that's how they might show on the screen in visdeo online poker games.

Below that hand is a Flush. A flush is all five cards of the same suit. Thus, 6 9 10 3 K all of hearts would be a flush. 2 A 8 Q 4 all consisting of spades would be a flush. Or any hand of the same suit, be it Diamonds (D), Hearts (H), Spades (S), or Clubs (C).

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The Thoughtful Check

Sometimes you're in early position and you'd really like to get a free card. A meek check, you realize, will probably induce a bet, but a loud and forceful check will look so transparently like a free-card grab that it will likely induce a bet as well. How about a thoughtful check? Call time. Study the board. Study your foes. Study your cards. Make it look like you've got an authentically hard decision to make. You may not get the free card you're looking for, but then again you might. If your foe is on the fence about betting, your own indecision may persuade him to avoid betting into the check-raise he fears you may be contemplating.