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Soko rules

Soko is an online poker game that is not very well known but is offered by a few online poker rooms. Before we go into any depth you must be aware of the fact that a 4-card flush and a 4-card straight are ranking hands. These two hands will beat one pair when it comes to the showdown. For the exact hand-ranking table please look at the bottom of this page.

A hand of Soko starts when every player has put their ante into the pot; this is so that the pot starts with some cash for the betting later on in the game. Every player is dealt two cards, one face down (hole card) and the second face up. This is when the first betting round can start. The person with the highest face up card has to start the betting. If two or more players have the same value card then the order is as follows; Spades, Hearts, Diamonds and as last Clubs. After the first betting round all the players that are still in the game will receive a second face up card each. This is followed by a second betting round. This process repeats itself another two times until every player has 5 cards, 4 face up and one hole card, face down. After the last betting round all the players that are left in the game have to show their cards to their opponents, the showdown.

This is a brief description of how a standard hand of Soko works. If you are interested in this form of online poker we suggest you go to one of the poker rooms we have on the site and just watch a few hands before you start playing for real money. The game is not complicated but it is always easier for yourself if you know what to expect by watching a few hands first. If you would like to know more about the online poker terms and jargon there is, we suggest you have a look at out online poker dictionary.

Hand-ranking Soko

1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a kind
4. Full house
5. Flush
6. Straight
7. Three of a kind
8. Two pairs
9. 4 Flush
10. 4 Straight
11. One pair
12. High cards

Soko is a great form of online poker and has its advantages. It is a pity that it has not caught on as fast as Texas Hold’em but it might well do in the future.