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Intro: Make sure you know which are the best Poker hands to have
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.


Royal Flush

This is the highest ranked hand you can achieve. Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit is required.

Straight Flush

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.

Full House

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.

Flush

This is made up of five cards of the same suit, not in any particular sequence.

Straight

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 Pairs

Two sets of two matching card ranks. In the event of a draw with the highest ranking pair wins.

One pair

One set of two matching card ranks. In the event of a draw the highest ranking pair wins.

High Card

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.