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Poker hands explained
|When you are playing texas hold'em poker the aim of the game is to create the best 5 card hand possible by using the available cards. In Texas Holdem this is the two cards you were dealt plus any three of the community cards. There are ten different poker hands you can make; these "hands" are also the same in other poker card games. Listed below are the ten possible poker hands you can create; I have listed them here in order of rank with the best first.|
|The Royal Flush |
This is the best hand you can have in poker; the royal flush is a run combining the 5 highest cards. This is the 10, jack, queen, king and ace all of the same suit. In holdem poker it is feasible for two players to have a royal flush, it this happens the two players would tie and the split or share the winning pot.
|A straight flush |
This is the second best hand and once again the cards must all be of the same suit and in running numerical order. The highest possible straight flush is a King straight. This would be a 9, 10, jack, queen and king all of the same suit. The player with the highest straight wins, if two players both have the same hand cards the pot is split between them.
|Four of a Kind |
Just as the name of the hand suggests this is any four cards of the same value. If two or more players have 4 of a kind the player with the highest cards is the winner, for example four 9's would beat four 7's, Aces are high cards.
|The Full House |
Any pair of matching cards plus three of a kind make up a full house. An example of this would be 3 Jacks and 2 Aces. If more than one player has a full house hand the winner is determined by the highest three of a kind.
|A Flush |
A flush is any five cards of the same suit that are not in running order. If one or more players have a flush the winner is decided by the highest card, the Ace flush is the highest flush you can have, then it would be a king flush and so on down to a 7 flush.
|A Straight |
Any five cards in a running order make up a straight, aces can be used as both high or low cards. The player with the highest card in the straight is the winner. Once again if two or more players have the same hand then the pot is shared between them.
|Three of a Kind |
Any three cards that have the same face value; for example three Queens or three Fives. For instance KKK27 as shown wins over QQQAK while QQQAK defeats QQQA7.
|Two Pair |
Any two pairs of matching cards, for example, 2 Jacks and 2 Aces. If two players hands have the same high pair, then the winner is decided by the highest second pair. If both pairs are the same, the player with the highest card wins.
|A Pair |
Any two cards of the same matching value. This consists of two same rank cards along with three kickers that are of a different rank like, JJ932 which would get beaten by AA286
|High Card |
Finally if no other hand is possible the highest card wins, ace is counted as a high card.
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