The deck of 52 French playing cards is the most common deck of playing cards used today. . Modern playing cards are most commonly referred to as either ' poker ' or 'bridge' sized; nominal dimensions are Shorthand notation may reflect this by listing the rank first, "A♤"; this is common usage when discussing poker. English pattern cards and · Size of the cards · Rank and color · Unicode. In poker, players construct hands of five cards according to predetermined rules, which vary according to the precise variant of poker being played. These hands. Poker hands from highest to lowest. 1. Royal flush. A, K, Q, J, 10, all the same suit. A K Q J T. 2. Straight flush. Five cards in a sequence, all in the same suit.