It is played with French cards. Although the number of cards in the table may vary according to the modality (closed or open), normally only part of the pack which consists of 52 cards (from the Ace up to the King) is used.
The following one is a simple formula to know how many cards must be used: The total number of cards must be equal to the number of players plus four, and that total must be multiplied by four.
Cards to be used 4 by (x) (number of players plus (+) 4)
If there are five players, then: 4 x ( 4 + 4 ) = 32
If there are four players, then: 4 x ( 5 + 4 ) = 36
Once the number of cards to be used is obtained, the remaining ones are removed from the pack starting with 2 and then in ascending order. This same procedure must be followed for all the cases.
The possible combinations in Poker are the following ones:
PAIR, two cards that are the same rank and the other three cards have a different rank.
DOUBLE PAIR, four cards which form two different pairs (KKJJ) and with all the cards as an example, the fifth one has a different rank.
TRIPS, three cards that are the same rank (AAA-QQQ, etc) while the other two cards have a different rank from the trip and among them.
STRAIGHT, all the cards have a sequential rank, for example, 6,7,8,9,10, J, O, K. It is necessary to know that the Ace can be placed as the highest after K or the lowest before the one which forms the pack being played.
FULL, among the five cards there must be a trips and a pair; example: KKK88, JJJQQ and so on. The full has the name of the trips which forms it, in the example above it would be full of kings and full of jacks.
COLOR, five cards of the same suit which are not straight (five clubs, hearts)
POKER, four letters that are the same rank (example: AAAA, 9999, etc) the fifth obviously has a different rank.
STRAIGHT FLUSH, five cards of the same suit which form a straight. In this case, the Ace follows the same rule as in the common straight, before or after the straight. There are rules about the straight flush which can be stipulated before the game, these rules are the following ones: The highest, which is the Ace, wins the mid one, the mid one wins the lowest and the lowest wins the highest. These rules are used to decrease the power of the player with the highest play in poker so that the highest play is not surely known, even if the player gets straight.