Poker hands ranking
You have to perfectly know the order of hands ranking. What is the best combination and what is almost trash. As you win a poker game when you have better combination on showdown you have to know well how your cards are staying. We sorted them from the best to the worst and here is the list:
Royal flush is the best poker hand. You can be absolutely sure that no one is stronger then you and it´s fine to play poker this time. For Royal flush your combination must consist from cards of the same color and they should be A-K-Q-J-10. There are only four different royal flushes as there are four colors in a deck.
When you know what is royal flush, straight flush is easy to learn. It is made from cards of the same color and they must create a row of five consecutive values. No matter it is A-2-3-4-5 or 6-7-8-9-10 it is always straight flush. So royal flush is only kind of straight flushes.
If two opponents have the same kind of combination, then the one with higher of them is a winner.
In our example, A-2-3-4-5 will be beaten by 6-7-8-9-10. Ace can be used as the highest OR lowest card but it must stay always at the end of a row, never in the middle. Q-K-A-2-3 is not a straight.
Four of a kind – Poker
It is strange but in fact Poker is not the best combination. When you have four cards of same value you have poker. Pretty strong combination but it can be overestimated and these loses are very painful.
Full House is combination consisting of three cards of a same value plus two cards of a same value. Example of Full House: 3-3-3-9-9 or 8-8-8-2-2. The one with higher three cards is better. When both full houses have the same three cards then value of a pair is a key to determining winner.
You have flush when all cards from your combination are the same color. Ah-Kh-8h-4h-2h and Ah-Kh-6h-5h-2h are both a flush. The first is bigger as 8 is higher then 6.
When you have a row of five cards but they are not in one color then you have a straight. There are again the same rules for determining the strength of two straights.
Three of a kind
Three cards of a same value are called three of a kind. Examples: 6-6-6-8-A or 6-6-6-10-A. The second is bigger as 10 is higher then 8.
When you have two cards of same value plus another two cards of same value it is called two pair. Player with higher pair is the winner. When both players have both pairs the same then the last card (kicker) must be considered.
When you have only two cards with the same value you have a pair. It is pretty weak combination but its strength grows with fewer opponents at the table. When you play only heads-up (2 players’ game) then a pair can be strong enough to beat your opponent.
If you have absolutely nothing, no pair, then it comes to high card comparison. Going from the highest cards of both players to the lowest, the first difference indicates the winner.
Now you have complete order of Texas Hold´em poker hand rankings. It is no shame to start playing poker with a paper with this order but in life poker it says much about your experience.