|Poker - Poker Hand Ranking
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Written on Saturday 20th of October 2012
It is very important to understand which poker hands are the strongest when playing poker online. Not knowing whether, say a 'straight flush' beats 'four of a kind' could leave you out of pocket in a big way. Betastic has compiled a list of poker hand ranks, starting with the highest and working down. This is the norm, however some poker web sites may vary slightly. Its always a good idea to check before playing.
This is the highest ranked hand you can achieve. Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit is required.
Five cards in a sequence, all of a matching suit.
Four of a kind
Four cards of the same rank, but of different suits. The fifth card is known as the 'kicker', in community card games if a draw is called the highest ranking kicker will win.
This consists of three cards of the same rank (three of a kind) and two separate cards of the same rank (pair). In community card games if a draw is called the highest ranking pair determines the winner.
This is made up of five cards of the same suit, not in any particular sequence.
A straight is five cards of any suit in a sequence. The ace can be either the high or the low in the hand.
Three of a kind
Three cards of the same rank and two non matching cards. In the event of a tie in community card games the two non matching cards rank will determine the winner.
Two sets of two matching card ranks. In the event of a draw with the highest ranking pair wins.
One set of two matching card ranks. In the event of a draw the highest ranking pair wins.
Five unrelated cards in a hand. In the event of a draw the rank of the cards from high to low will determine the winner. All five cards may have to be considered.
Prepared with this knowledge you will be in a better position to play online poker. The trick is to work out how you can achieve the hands at the top of this page more often.