Poker is one popular card game that has conquered not only the casinos but also online gaming. In fact, there are a lot of tournaments these days on poker and it has become one of the most exciting card games that you can play, and of course, make money from as well.If you are new to the game and you want to learn how to play it, you may want to start with the basics of poker, particularly learning the different poker hands.Know you lowest and highest cards. In poker, your lowest card will be 2 and the highest will be the ace. However, in poker, you also have to understand poker hands. These are your card combinations that may contain a pair, two pairs, three of a kind etc. Here are the basic poker hands that you have to master to be able to play good poker later.Straight flush. This is the best hand you can get in poker and this contains any five cards of the same suit that are in sequence. The best you can get is a straight flush of 10, J, Q, K and the ace.Four of a kind is another poker hand that can also be considered a good hand. This consists of four cards having the same rank. Of course, having four Kings or Aces is better than having four 2s.Another poker hand that you need to master is the full house. A full house is a poker hand in which three cards of the same rank and the other two of another rank. Say, you have a full house if you have three 8s and two 6s or three Queens and two 4s, etc.If you have all cards in the same suit, you have a poker hand called Flush and if you have any five cards in sequence, you have a Straight. Three of a kind on the other hand is if you have three cards of the same rank and the two not being a pair. If you have a pair along with it, you are having a full house.You can also have Two Pair if you have two pairs of cards of the same rank and One Pair if you only have 2 cards of the same rank in your deck of 5 cards.Remember that a poker card has five cards and the order of which is best and worst often is ranked according to the probability of getting such card combination. Of course, the least probable combination can be the best hand and the most probable combination of poker hands is the least valuable as well. This is one basics of poker that you have to understand.Aside from learning the poker hands, it is also important that you learn their rankings. A good understanding on whether your card has a high possibility of defeating most of the possible combinations can help you make good decisions later when playing poker. Of course, you have to make good decisions in poker – whether you will fold early or you can raise your bet and that depends on the poker hands you are having. Although you are allowed to bluff, which is one of the beauty of poker, stick to the basics of poker first before employing those advanced strategies.