Knowing your hand rankings in poker is quite important if you wish to win at some point. So, if you’re just starting out and getting to know all the aspects of poker, this is an important article for you. Winning in poker relies on the five cards you have in hand at the end of the game. The person with the five-card hand wins. The best is determined by the type and range of cards you can get. Here they are in order.
The Royal Flush is the best hand you can have in poker. The sequence is 10-Jack-Queen-King-Ace all in the same suit. To end with this hand you need to have very good cards from the beginning and the community cards will need to be favorable too.
The straight flush is the second best five-card hand you can have. A straight flush consists of a range of cards 4-5-6-7-8 all in the same suit. It can also be 5-6-7-8-9-10 or whatever sequence of cards that follow.
Four of a Kind
Four of a Kind is next in the ranks. It is basically what it says. If you have four cards with the same number, you have four of a kind. In other words, you will have five of each of the four suits in a card deck – spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds.
This hand consists of a pair – two of the same cards, for example, two kings or two sevens – and three of a kind – for example, three jacks or three sixes from different suits.
A flush is when all the cards in your hand are of the same the suit. They don’t need to be in numerical order to be valid. They must just be from the same suits. For example, 2-5-8-9-Queen all of hearts.
A straight is when you have numerical order, but the cards are not all of the same suit. In other words, if you have 6 of spades, 7 of hearts, 8 of diamonds, 9 of spades, and 10 of clubs, you have a straight.
Three of a Kind
This hand is also called Trips or a Set. It consists of three of the same cards in different suits, for example, three fours. The remaining two cards are not a pair or matching.
A two pair means you have two sets of pairs. For example, you have two sixes and two tens and the fifth card is an odd one.
This is when you have a single pair. For example, a pair of fives and the three remaining cards are not matching is a single pair hand.
This hand has no matching cards and the cards must be from at least two different suits.
There you have it. Study this list and know which hand is good and which one is less good. When you understand the ranks, you will be able to predict the probability that your hand can improve as the game goes along.