The standard 52-card pack is used.
The goal of each player is to win the pot, which contains all the bets that the players have made in any one deal. A player makes a bet in hopes that they have the best hand, or to give the impression that they do. In most Poker versions, the top combination of five cards is the best hand.
The dealer gives three cards to each player; face down, one at a time. Two cards are then placed face down in front of the dealer, who does not receive a hand of three cards.
The players do not play against the dealer. Their objective is merely to get a good poker hand by using their three cards plus the dealer's two facedown cards. At no time may a player show his hand to any of the other players.
After looking at the three facedown cards, the player may ask for their first bet back or may elect to "let it ride." One of the dealer's facedown cards is then turned up. The player may then ask for their bet back or, again, may "let it ride." The dealer's second facedown card is now turned up, and the players expose their cards. The dealer then pays out all winning hands.
Five of a Kind - This is the highest possible hand and can occur only where at least one card is wild, such as a joker. Examples of five of a kind would be four 10s and a wild card or two queens and three wild cards.
Straight Flush - This is the highest possible hand when only the standard pack is used, and there are no wild cards. A straight flush consists of five cards of the same suit in sequence, such as 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 of hearts.
Four of a Kind - This is the next highest hand. An example is four aces or four 3s.
Full House - This colorful hand is made up of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank, such as three 8s and two 4s.
Flush - Five cards all of the same suit, but not all in sequence, is a flush. An example is Q, 10, 7, 6, and 2 of clubs.
Straight - Five cards in sequence, but not all of the same suit is a straight. An example is 9♥, 8♣, 7♠, 6♦, 5♥.
Three of a Kind - This combination contains three cards of the same rank, and the other two cards each of a different rank, such as three jacks, a seven, and a four.
Two Pairs - This hand contains a pair of one rank and another pair of a different rank, plus any fifth card of a different rank, such as Q, Q, 7, 7, 4.
One Pair - This frequent combination contains just one pair with the other three cards being of different rank. An example is 10, 10, K, 4, 3.
No Pair - This very common hand contains "nothing." None of the five cards pair up, nor are all five cards of the same suit or consecutive in rank. When more than one player has no pair, the hands are rated by the highest card each hand contains, so that an ace-high hand beats a king-high hand, and so on.