At the heart of Diamondback are the hands, the pairs of cards and
their different values. Memorise the following list, learn it by
heart, pin it to your wall, put it under your pillow. The
possible ranks of each card must spring to your mind even if you
dream of them.
The hands have point values, but they don't really matter and
differ in the sources. The important feature is the rank,
at least in all the variations decribed in Cerebus up to
now. It could make an interesting variation to devise "Point
Diamondback", where the values of hands are added up over several
games before the pot is paid.