The royal flush is the best poker hand. The hand consists of five cards in
sequence and of the same suit. The highest card must be an ace. Actually it is an
ace high straight flush. See the odds for royal
The straight flush consists of five cards in sequence and of the same suit. See
odds and examples straight flush.
Four of a Kind or Quads consists of four cards of the same rank. See the
odds for four of a kind.
The Full House consists of three cards of the same rank and two matching cards of
another rank. See the odds and examples for full
The flush consists of five of the same suit. See the
odds and examples for flushes.
The straight consists of five cards in sequence. The Ace can also be used for a
5 high straight
. See the odds for straights.
Three of a kind consists of three cards of the same rank. See
odds and examples for three of a kind.
Two Pair hands contain two cards of the same rank (the pair!) and another pair of
a different rank. See odds and examples for two pair.
One pair hands have two cards of the same rank (the pair). See
odds and examples for one pair.
All hands that do not fall into one of the above groups. See
odds and examples for highcard.
The following general rules apply to evaluating all poker hands:
A poker hand always consists of five cards. This is a very important concept,
that many beginners confuse. In the most popular games like Texas Hold'em, Omaha
or Seven Card Stud you have
First the poker hands are ranked by category, then by individual card ranks: Even
the lowest hand in a certain category defeats the highest hands in the lower category.
If everything is equal, then the hands tie. In games like Texas Hold'em, Seven
Card Stud or Omaha, you have 7 cards to use, but the cards, that are not used to
form your best five card hand will
not be evaluated.
Individual cards are ranked Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
An Aces is ranked low when part of an five high(5-4-3-2-A) straight (or straight
flush). In case of a same poker hand, then individual card ranks (kickers) are used
to compare hands within a category. E.g.:
the kicker 4 is better than kicker 3.
Suits have no value. Hand that vary only in suit, are ranked equal.
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