I saw the description of poker in wikipedia, in the first line it says:

Poker is a family of comparing card games in which players wager over which hand is best according to that specific game's rules in ways similar to these rankings.' .

I couldn't understand what they are trying to say from 'which hand is best....' to '......ways similar to these ranking.' I need assistance

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    That's a very convoluted, difficult to understand sentence. Poker is a family of comparing card games where players wager on whose hand of cards is ranked highest according the rules specific to that particular version of poker. In most versions the hands are ranked as follows... I assume a list of hand rankings follows.
    – EllieK
    May 13 at 17:07
  • @FumbleFingers - I was thinking Daniel meant to say clarification.
    – EllieK
    May 13 at 17:54
  • Or possibly clarity.
    – stangdon
    May 13 at 18:48
  • The clarity of the cited text would be almost infinitely improved simply by placing the (adjectivally used) present participle "comparing" in "scare quotes". Besides which, almost nobody would ever say or write players wager over which hand is best - per this NGram, the idiomatic standard is players bet on which [is best]. May 14 at 12:03
  • I understood it. Thanks for looking out for me guys. Appreciate the help. May 14 at 16:44

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First off, note the "to these rankings" is a link to a page containing descriptions of poker hands. So the demonstrative "these rankings" refers to the rankings described if you follow the link.

So we have "players wager" (They make bets)

"over which hand is best" (the matter that they are betting on is the hands (that is the set of cards that each player is holding))

"according to that specific game's rules" There are many poker games (draw, stud, hold-em etc) and the rules specify how you decide which hand is best.

"in ways similar to these rankings" But most poker games have similar rules: flush beats a straight, "two pairs" beats "one pair" etc. And the linked page lists the standard poker hands.

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    Worth noting that a hand is the set of cards that one player holds.
    – JavaLatte
    May 14 at 6:20

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