When playing poker, it’s essential to understand all aspects of them game from betting schemes, strategies, and perhaps most importantly, poker hand rankings. Without knowledge of the latter, there’s simply no way you can appropriately strategize on how to bet or even know if you have a fighting chance at all!
Regardless of whether you’re a newbie or a pro, it’s always best to refresh your understanding of poker hand sequences. This will help to mitigate risks and subsequently, stop you from losing money on a mistake you could have avoided all along.
With that, let’s have a quick run-down of the different poker hands in order of ranking from highest to lowest.
An Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 – all in the same suit.
A♥, K♥, Q♥, J♥, 10♥
Any five cards in consecutive order – all in the same suit.
7♣, 6♣, 5♣, 4♣, 3♣
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same rank, regardless of the suit.
8♣, 8♥, 8♥, 8♦, 2♠
Three of a kind partnered with a pair, regardless of the suit.
7♠, 7♥, 7♣, 2♣, 2♠
Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (otherwise, the hand is counted as a straight flush).
9♦, 3♦, Q♦, 6♦, J♦
Any five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (otherwise, the hand is also counted as a straight flush).
J♠, 10♠, 9♥, 8♣, 7♥
Three of a kind
Three cards of the same rank, wherein the remaining two cards in the hand are not a pair (otherwise, the hand is counted as a full house).
8♥, 8♦, 8♠, 3♠, A♥
Two sets of different pairs.
Q♣, Q♦, 7♠, 7♦, K♠
One set of two cards with the same rank.
4♠, 4♥, 10♠, J♠, A♦
When you can’t form any of the preceding hands, you play the single highest card in your hand. In the example below, the highest card is Queen.
3♦, Q♥, 7♣, 4♥, 10♠
With this quick recap, hopefully you’ll be able to remember it all and win your next poker game!
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