Regardless of the variant, the basic rules of poker remain the same. Players choose five cards from a standard pack of 52 and try to make the best hand.
The best hand in poker is the straight flush. The straight flush is five cards of the same suit. A straight flush may not wrap around. A straight flush is the best natural hand.
The Royal Flush is a straight flush with an Ace high. In poker, all suits have the same value. The ace may be high or low.
The ace-high straight flush beats the K-A-2-2-3-4 straight flush. The AKQJT beats the KQT9 down to 5432A.
The high card is the best in poker. When two people tie for the best hand, the high card is what breaks the tie. The high card also has another trick.
The best pair is two cards of equal rank. The best pair is the highest two pairs. The highest pair wins the ties.
The best full house is a pair of kings and a pair of aces. The best flush is the highest flush when all five cards are the same suit. The best straight is the five cards in order.
The best three of a kind is the highest three of a kind. This is not as hard to do as one would think. The best three of a kind is the pair of kings and a pair, and the pair is the best flush when all five cards are the same suit.