Poker Hands

Poker Hands

In this section we will list the possible hands in a game of poker, from the obvious through to the most unlikely, yet unbeatable hands (Worst to Best). We will also take a look at the chances of obtaining each hand and how good they really are.

HIGH CARD – An obvious hand consisting of five cards totally unrelated. Your best hand is merely your highest card, so betting on this as a winner is probably a bad plan!

ONE PAIR – Two cards of the same number. The higher the number in question, the better the hand. If two players both have a pair of the same number then the kicker card determines the winner. The kicker card is simply your next highest card.

TWO PAIRS – Two sets of two cards of the same number. If two or more players both have two pairs then the player with the highest pair wins. If both players highest pair is of the same number then the second pair determines the outcome. If by some fluke these are the same then the kicker card determines the outcome.

3 OF A KIND – A good hand, 3 of a kind consists of, obviously, three cards of the same number. If two or more players have the same 3 of a kind (possible in Texas Hold’em poker where a flop of community cards are used by all players) then, again, the kicker card determines the outcome.

STRAIGHT – A run of cards in a sequence. For example 45678. An ace, in straight hands, can be used both low and high meaning A2345 is the lowest hand and 10JQKA is the highest. Straights cannot run through the pack. Eg. QKA23. In the event of two or more players having a straight, the player with the highest finishing card wins.

FLUSH – Any five cards all of the same suit. For example a 4, 7, 8, J and Ace all Diamonds. Much harder than it seems, with many players betting huge amounts of money but missing out on that illusive last card! If more than one player has a flush then the player with the highest card within that hand wins.

FULL HOUSE – A combination of the 3 of a kind as well as a pair. For example two threes as well as three Kings. In the event of more than one Full House, it is decided by the highest 3 of a kind within the hand, then, if they are the same, the pair.

4 OF A KIND – Obviously, four of the same numbered card. Not a hand often seen but it is one of the best hands in the game of poker, only beaten by the Straight and Royal Flush hands. If two players get a 4 of a kind then the highest numbered four wins. If they are the same then the kicker card decides the outcome.

STRAIGHT FLUSH – Five cards in running sequence all of the same suit. A very unlikely outcome in a game and one that is rarely seen. The highest finishing card wins.

ROYAL FLUSH – The best hand in Poker, a royal flush is simply a straight flush ranging from 10 through to Ace. Obviously this is the most unlikely hand to get but it is unbeatable!

In the event of any two or more players having the same hand and the kicker is the same OR with players having the same five hand card (such as a straight or a flush) where a kicker cannot be used, the hand is a draw and the pot is divided between the players who drew.

For exact odds on the probability of each hand at any stage of the game you can download a Poker Odds Calculator from most Poker sites.