Poker Basics: Poker Hand Rankings and Values Explained

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Published on 12 March 2014 by Pokerlistings 20166

The first thing you need to know to play poker is the hand rankings and what hand beats what. Check out this beginner poker video to learn all the poker hand rankings in just two minutes. Whether you're playing Texas Hold'em, Omaha or Seven-Card Stud, all poker hands are made up of five cards. The lowest possible hand is called a high card and it's five completely unconnected cards. Next is a pair, which is two cards of the same rank and three other unconnected cards. Next is two-pair, two cards of the same rank, another two cards of a different, matching rank and one other unconnected card. Next is three-of-a-kind, three cards of the same rank and two other unconnected cards. Next is a straight, five cards in sequential order. One better than that is a flush, five cards of the same suit. Next is a full house, two cards of the same rank and three other cards of a different, matching rank. Next is four-of-a-kind, also called quads. That's four cards of the same rank and one other unconnected card. The best possible poker hand is a straight-flush, five cards in sequential order of the same suit. Learn your poker hand rankings and you'll be taking down pots like a pro in no time.

The most basic thing you need to know about poker is what hand beats what.

It all starts with a high card, a completely unconnected hand. Ace is the highest and in poker suits don’t count. One pair is when you have two cards of the same rank with three other unconnected cards. Two Pair is exactly what it sounds like: Two cards of the same rank, another two cards of a different matching rank and one other unconnected card. Three of a kind, also called trips or a set, are three cards of the same rank and two other unconnected cards.

The first poker hand where all five cards work together is a straight: Five cards in sequential order with at least two different suits. Aces can be either high or low. Next up is a flush, five cards of the same suit. If two or more players have a flush the player with the highest suited card wins.

A full house is made up of three cards of the same rank and two cards of a different matching rank. The second best hand in poker is Four a kind, also called quads. Four cards of the same rank and one other unconnected card. The best possible hand is a straight flush: Five cards of the same suit in sequential order. A straight flush to the ace is known as a Royal Flush. Memorize these hand rankings and get ready to play some poker.

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