Considerdered as the easiest gambling card games to learn, poker is about matching up different combination of cards to beat other players.
Poker players form sets of five playing cards dubbed as hands conforming to the rules of the game. The rank of each hand is compared against the rank of all participating in the showdown to be able to know who wins the pot. Listed below are all the available poker hands ranked accordingly from highest to lowest.
Five of a Kind
A five of a kind is the highest possible hand. It ranks above a straight flush but only possible if the player is using a wild card or more, technically having five cards of one rank in a deck such as A-A-A-A and a Joker. For five of a kind, the higher beats the lower, five aces being the highest of all. Five of a kind aces is only possible when the joker card is added to the deck as a bug. A bug is a form of wild card that can act as the fifth ace or can also be a straight, flush or straight flush.
Considered as the best natural hand. A straight flush is a hand that has five cards in sequential rank that are all of the same suit such as Q-J-10-9-8. In the event that there are two straight flushes, the one that has the highest rank at the top of the sequence wins. Ace can rank either high or low but cannot be both rank high and low. The Ace high straight flush is called a Royal Flush and is the highest natural hand and this consist of A-K-Q-J-10. The royal flush is considered as the unbeatable hand.
Four of a Kind
Four of a kind also known as squads and is basically four cards of the same rank along with another card of another rank known as a kicker. For example, four queens and then a kicker could be anything, Q-Q-Q-Q-8. In rare cases where two players have four of a kind, the one with the highest card rank wins the game. In the event where both players have the very same four of a kind, the kicker or the side card will be the tiebreaker. It is a very good for it is very hard to draw this hand.
This is a hand where a player has a three of a kind and a pair in the same hand, such as K-K-K-5-5. In the event that there are two or more players have the same three matching cards, the one with the highest value of the other two matching card wins. A full house is also known as a “boat”.
This is a poker hand where all of the five cards are of the same suit and does not have to be in the right sequence such as K-Q-8-6-3. In the event that two players have flush, the one with the highest card in that suit wins. If the highest cards are have equal value, then the second highest card is compared and so on.