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What Are the Types of Poker Hands?

If you’ve played poker for any period of time, you know that there are different types of hands that you can get. Those hands, in order from best to worst, are as follows. (Note: these are for standard 5 card games, like 5 card stud, Texas Hold’em, and 5 card draw. Hands differ for 7 card games and for games that utilize wild cards).

Straight Flush (Royal Flush). A straight flush is where all five cards are the same suit, and go in numerical order (for example, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; all hearts). A royal flush, which is the best hand, is a special type of straight flush where the hand is 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all in the same suit.

Four of a Kind. This is where four cards are all the same number, with the 5th card being a different number. (For example, four 5’s and a 6 would be a four of a kind hand).

Full House. A full house is when a hand contains one set of three of a kind and one pair. (For example, three 6’s and two Kings; or three Kings and two 4’s).

Flush. A flush is when all 5 cards are of the same suit, but are not in numerical order (for example, 3, 5, 7, 9, Ace of Spades).

Straight. A straight has all five cards in numerical order; suits do not match (examples: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; or 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King).

Three of a Kind.  Three of the same number card (for example: three 2’s and two cards that are neither 2’s nor match one another).

Two Pair. A hand where there are two pairs of cards, of the same number, where the other number does not match either pair (for example: two 4’s and two Queens, with another random card that is neither a 4 nor a Queen).

One Pair. A hand containing one pair of the same number card, where the other three cards don’t match each other or the pair (for example: two 3’s,).

Highest Card. If there are none of the above, the player with the highest card (numerically) wins the hand. For example, if player A has an Ace, Jack, 9, 3, and 2, all different suits; and player B has a King, 10, 4, 3, 2, all different suits, Player A would win because they have the high card, which is an Ace.

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