Poker Hand Rankings

Poker Hand Rankings

Poker Hand Rankings is a very critical factor used to determine a player’s odds of winning in a game of poker. Although there are many different variations of the game, the vast majority of all poker variations allow players to utilize the 5 card hand except in variations consisting of more than just the common five cards like 7Card Stud. In such cases, a hand can be made out of the best five cards. Poker hand rankings are divided into ten separate categories as detailed below:

  • High Card: The high card is used in circumstances where neither of two players achieves better cards such as pairs. In such a case, the player who holds the highest-ranking card is the winner. If there is a tie between two players the highest-ranking card is used to determine the winning player.
  • Pair: Relates to any two cards of equal rank such as two Queens. If there is a tie between 2 or more players, the winner is determined by taking into account the values of the rest of the 3 cards.
  • Two Pair: This relates to 2 unique pairs such as 2 Jacks and a pair of 2’s, or a pair of 10’s and a pair of 9’s.  In this example, the highest-ranking pair of cards wins that is the 2 Jacks and a tie is broken by taking into account the value of the remaining card, the highest card wins.
  • Three of a Kind: This relates to three similar ranking cards.  In a tie, the player with the Three of a Kind of the highest rank will be the winning player. For instance three 3’s beats three 2’s.
  • Straight: This occurs when 5 cards of a suit appear in numerical or sequential order. In such a type of a hand, it is permissible to use the Ace card as a low or high card as long as it appears before a 2 or after the King card.
  • Flush: A flush is five similar ranking cards for instance 5 cards in a set of diamonds, clubs, spades and hearts. A tie is broken by taking into account the value of the highest-ranking card.
  • Full House: If you have a pair and three of 2 Tens and 3 Kings, then you have a Full House. In order to break a tie, the highest-ranking three of a kind is used to determine the winner.
  • Four of a Kind:  This hand relates to four similar ranking cards such as four Queens. In order to break a tie, the highest-ranking set determines the winner.
  • Straight Flush: The straight flush consists of five similar suit cards sequential order.
  • Royal Flush: This hand is actually a straight flush but with all the cards in the same suit and involves the Jack, Ace, King and the 10.

 

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