Even with the many different styles and endless variants of poker, the one consistent factor between them all are the hand rankings.
Poker Hand Rankings
Poker hand rankings are as follows (from highest to lowest)
When you have a straight flush from 10 to Ace, you have what is known as a royal flush. It is the best hand you can possibly get in poker.
A hand that contains 5 cards in a straight sequence with the same suit is a straight flush and the second highest hand you can get in poker.
Four Of A Kind
In poker, four of a kind, also known as quads, is when you have a hand that contains all four cards of the same rank.
A full house is when you’re holding a hand which contains three cards of the rank, along with two other cards of the same rank. When two (or more) players have full houses, the player with the better ranking three card has the best hand.
When you’re have five cards that are in sequence, but not with matching suits, this is called a flush. If two (or more) players are both holding flushes, the highest ranking card of each hand is used as the best hand. If both players are holding flushes with the same high card, the second high card is used to determine the best hand. This goes on until a winner is found.
A straight in poker is when you have five cards in a sequence but with no single matching suit. When two (or more) players have a straight with the same high card, it is a split pot since the cards’ suits are used to determine the winner.
Three Of A Kind
Three of a kind in poker in when you have three cards of the same value. In Texas Hold ‘Em, there is a slight difference between what the two types of three of a kind that you can get – a set and trips. A set is when you’re holding a pair and you hit your third card using community cards. Trips is when you hold a single card and match the two other cards with the community cards.
When you have a poker that contains two matching cards plus another two matching cards, you have what is known as two pair.
A pair in poker is when you’re holding a hand where two cards are of the same rank, with three other unmatched cards.
When you have high card hand (also known as a no-pair hand) you’re holding a hand that is made of any five cards not meeting any of the above requirements.