Winning Poker Hands


There are many aspects to mastering the game of Poker but before getting into advanced techniques and strategies players must first learn the correct order for winning poker hands. With practice, it becomes clear that poker hands are ranked roughly in the order in which the laws of probability dictate they will occur in a given game. In other words, the less likely you are to obtain certain poker hands, the higher their rank.

Winning Poker Hands –  Highest to Lowest

  • Straight Flush – Poker hands containing 5 cards in consecutive order and of the same suit
  • Four of a Kind – Poker hands containing 4 cards of the same kind
  • Full House – Poker hands containing three of a kind and one pair
  • Flush – Poker hands containing 5 cards of the same suit regardless of order
  • Straight – Poker hands in which the 5 cards are in consecutive order regardless of the suit of each card
  • Three of a Kind – Poker hands in which there are 3 cards of the same kind
  • Two Pair – Poker hands in which there are 2 sets of 2 cards that are the same
  • One Pair – Poker hands in which there is 1 pair of the same kinds

High Card – In the event of a round of Poker during which none of the players is able to achieve any of the Poker hands listed above, the player with the highest single card has the winning hand. If there is a tie between players, the second highest card wins.

Variations of Winning Poker Hands

Depending on the particular game being played, the value of the poker hands listed above may change slightly. For example when you are playing with wild cards, it becomes possible to get five of a kind. This becomes the most valuable poker hand.

Some variations of poker also change the rules for getting a royal flush. The royal flush is the highest straight flush possible and outside of games with wild cards, is considered unbeatable. Some variations of poker have slightly different rules that allow the lowest straight flush to beat a royal flush

Tied Poker Hands

There is always a chance that you are betting on the same hand to win as one of your opponents. If two or more players have the same ranked hand at the end of a round, the hand containing the highest cards wins. If player one has a pair of nines and player two had a pair of fours, then player one would win the hand. If both players had a pair of nines, then the next highest card from each hand would determine the winner.

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