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The objective of any Poker game is to compete with the players sitting at your table to make the best hand possible. In Texas Hold em Poker, all players are dealt two cards face down. There are then five community cards dealt face up for everyone to see. The remaining player with the best five card hand from these seven cards will always win.
To get each hand started, the two players to the left of the dealer are required to make forced beats. These are called the  small blind and the big blind.
The dealer will then deal each player two cards face down.
Its now the players turn after the big blind to act. Their option is to call the bet bet from the big blind or to raise the bet. Of course the other option is to fold and simply hand your cards back to the dealer face down.
After everybody has had a chance to bet, raise or fold the dealer will then deal the Flop.
The Flop is the first three cards shown on the table.
After the Flop, another round of betting takes place. For this round you may hear the phrase "check".
Checking means you want to stay in the game but not bet. Don't forget that once someone has made a bet you have to then either call, raise or fold.
After this betting round, the forth card Will be dealt and is commonly know as the Turn card. another round of betting will take place where you can check, bet, raise or fold.
Finally the fifth card or the River card will be dealt.
Just like the previous rounds, all players have the option to bet, check, raise or fold.
In Texas Hold em you can use any combination of five cards. That means you can use one both or none of your own cards to make the best five card poker hand. It goes with out saying that whatever you can do the other players can do as well.
 

Traditional Poker Hand Ranks(TEXAS HOLD EM)

 

Royal Flush

An Ace-High straight of one suit. THE MOTHER OF ALL HANDS
This is the best poker hand you can have. 
10 of hearts jack hearts queen hearts king hearts ace hearts
 

Straight Flush

Five cards in sequence, of the same suit.
In the event of a tie: Highest rank at the top of the sequence wins.
The best possible straight flush is known as a royal flush, which consists of the ace, king, queen, jack and ten of a suit. A royal flush is an unbeatable hand.

Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank, and one side card or ‘kicker’.
In the event of a tie: Highest four of a kind wins. In community card games where players have the same four of a kind, the highest fifth side card ('kicker') wins.
Full House: Three cards of the same rank, and two cards of a different, matching rank.
In the event of a tie: Highest three matching cards wins the pot. In community card games where players have the same three matching cards, the highest value of the two matching cards wins.

Flush

Five cards of the same suit.
In the event of a tie: The player holding the highest ranked card wins. If necessary, the second-highest, third-highest, fourth-highest, and fifth-highest cards can be used to break the tie. If all five cards are the same ranks, the pot is split. The suit itself is never used to break a tie in poker.

Straight

Five cards in sequence.
In the event of a tie: Highest ranking card at the top of the sequence wins.
Note: The Ace may be used at the top or bottom of the sequence, and is the only card which can act in this manner. A,K,Q,J,T is the highest (Ace high) straight; 5,4,3,2,A is the lowest (Five high) straight.

Three of a kind

Three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards.
In the event of a tie: Highest ranking three of a kind wins. In community card games where players have the same three of a kind, the highest side card, and if necessary, the second-highest side card wins.

Two pair

Two cards of a matching rank, another two cards of a different matching rank, and one side card.
In the event of a tie: Highest pair wins. If players have the same highest pair, highest second pair wins. If both players have two identical pairs, highest side card wins.

One pair

Two cards of a matching rank, and three unrelated side cards.
In the event of a tie: Highest pair wins. If players have the same pair, the highest side card wins, and if necessary, the second-highest and third-highest side card can be used to break the tie.

High card

Any hand that does not qualify under a category listed above.
In the event of a tie: Highest card wins, and if necessary, the second-highest, third-highest, fourth-highest and smallest card can be used to break the tie.