The object of this game is to make the best hand using five playing cards. Hands rank as follows. The farther down the list, the better the hand.
High Card¾ Cards rank from highest to lowest Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
Pair¾ Two cards of the same rank.
Two Pair¾ Two cards of the same rank and two other cards of the same rank.
Three of a Kind¾ Three cards of the same rank.
Straight¾ Five cards in sequence (the suits do not matter). The highest straight that can be made is 10 J Q K A. The lowest straight that can be made is A 2 3 4 5. Notice that an ace may be used to complete a low straight. If two players make straights, the player with the higher straight wins.
Flush¾ Five cards of the same suit (all hearts, all spades, etc.) If two players make flushes, the highest card determines the winner.
Full House ¾ Three of a kind of one card and a pair of another. (Example: 7 7 7 J J)
Four of a Kind ¾ Four cards of the same rank.
Straight Flush¾ Five cards in sequence all of the same suit (Example: 4 5 6 7 8, all diamonds).
Royal Flush¾ 10 J Q K A, all of the same suit.
Playing the Game
Divide the students into groups of four. Each group chooses one Runner, whose job it is to take correct answers to the front of the class for verification. Deal two cards face down to each group.
Deal face up the same number of cards as there are groups and place them at the front of the class for all to see. For example, a class of 36 would have nine groups, so you deal nine cards face up.
Place a review question on the board. Once a group believes that it has the correct answer, the Runner brings the work page to the teacher for verification. The Runner may not carry his pencil up to the front. If the answer is correct, the Runner chooses one card from among the nine to take back to the group. If the answer is incorrect, the Runner must return to the group to rework it. The group with first correct answer gets first choice of the cards. The second correct answer gets second choice, and so on.
Once the last card is taken, nine more cards are dealt face up and another review question is placed on the board. Once each group has five cards, the winner is determined to be the group with the best poker hand.