Poker Basics: Poker Hand Rankings and Values Explained
The most basic thing you need to know about poker is the hands and hand rankings, basically what hand beats what. In the latest installment of our beginner strategy series Poker Basics we take you through the poker hand rankings from a high card to a pair all the way up to the elusive royal flush. Watch the video to learn all about poker hands, their values and which hands beat other hands. 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. PokerListings.com: Start your poker journey, today.