Poker Hands

Hands Of Poker

You can’t win at poker unless you have a clear understanding of what hands beat other hands.  From top to bottom of the picture above are the hands in order.  The top row is a Royal flush A K Q J 10 of the same suit, the bottom row shows just a high card with the K being the high card.  Let’s dig a little deeper and explain more.

The top row as I already explained is the Royal Flush and is the king of poker hands. The odds of catching a Royal Flush are 1 in 30940.  Not so sure about these odds though as I know I have seen at least that many hands and have never picked up a Royal flush.  

The second row is a Straight Flush.  A straight flush is a straight with cards all of the same suit.  In this example we use the 2 3 4 5 6 of hearts but it can be any straight that is suited together.

Next down the line is 4 of a kind.  As you can see we used 4 7’s to make our 4 of a kind with a 2 kicker.

Then you have a full house we used 8 8 8  10 10 for our example but any three of a kind with another pair works.  AAA KK is the highest full house.

Next we have a flush.  a flush is 5 cards of the same suit that do not connect into a straight.  

The next line down is a straight.  5 cards that are in sequence but not of the same suit.  Between two straights the hand with the highest ranking card at the head of the sequence is the winner.  In our example above we used A 2 3 4 5 so 5 is the head of this sequence and this straight would be beaten by a straight of 2 3 4 5 6.

Then we have three of a kind.  Three cards out of the five are the same number.  

Next is Two pair

One Pair

and last there is just a High Card.  In this example on the bottom row the K would be the high card.


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