Message from discussion Poker English
From: "Don Phillipson" <d.phillip...@ttrryytteell.com>
Subject: Re: Poker English
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"Kane" <boyk...@gmail.com> wrote in message
> Having been learning English for eight years, I don't know(hardly would
> non-speakers know) how poker is played in English world. What I know
> till now is just these simple terms like "spade", "heart", "club",
> "diamond", "ace", "jack", "queen", "king" and "joker"; that's it!
> Do you have a *diamond jack* or *heart 4* in your poker game? How about
> a pair of *4*(spade and heart)? What is a third 4 is added, say club? A
> forth...? And how about 5 consecutive cards(if not 5, whatever.)? Or
> both jokers get in your hand? Things like that.
These terms apply to all card games, not just
poker. The games are different (e.g. jokers are
not valid cards in most games) but the names that
identify the cards are unform. The games differ
in how they name particular configurations of cards,
e.g. there is no Full House in bridge.
There are several varieties of poker. You will probably
learn the game faster if you begin in only one variety.
The standard pack of 52 cards includes equal
numbers of four suits (coloured symbols), spades,
harts, clubs and diamonds. The 13 cards in a single
suit have distinct values, Ace=1, the other numbers,
and Jack, Queen and King.
In most games the Ace is the top-valued card, but
not in all games (e.g. pontoon or blackjack, chemin de fer).
But the nomenclature of the cards is the same.