Understanding Poker Hands

Theres a clear hierarchy of hands starting the least worth to the highest
one each one wins over it's predecessor...

With all the creative ways to play poker, one common factor unites all in this timeless and classic game: card rankings! It is the final combination of 5 cards that you will use to score the most points.

Using a standard 52 card deck, face cards are valued from highest to lowest accordingly: A, K, Q, J.

Numbered cards have the value of their number. Using these, there is a hierarchy of combinations that will be illustrated, starting with the least worth, growing to highest valued. Each descending combination wins over what precedes it.

High Card – This is simply the highest valued card in a hand.

Pair – Consists of two cards with the same value. Priority over two pairs is determined by high card.

Two Pair – This is two sets of pairs. Priority over two sets of two pair determined by high card of any one pair.

Three of a Kind - While out ranking a high card and pair, when a three of a kind (4, 4, 4,) is compared to a two pair (3, 3, and 7, 7,), priority is determined by the high card.

Straight – A set of 5 consecutive cards, with different suits. Priority between two of them is determined by highest card.

Flush – Despite face value, a flush is 5 cards of the same suit. Two Flushes are compared by highest value card.

Full House – This is two of a kind and three of a kind. Priority over two of them is determined by high card in the three of a kind.

Four of a Kind – Priority over two of them is determined by high card.

Straight Flush – This is a straight, for the exception that all 5 cards carry the same suit. Priority over two of them is determined by high card.

Royal Flush – This is a straight flush in that the 5 cards must be A, K, Q, J, 10 and of the same suit. In an occurrence of two, the pot is split as all royal flushes are equal.