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How poker hands rank?
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Here is a comprehensive article detailing how poker hands rank:
Poker hands are divided into two categories - premium hands and additional hands. Let's talk about Premium Hands first.
1. Royal Flush - This is the hand you get when you hold the 10, J, Q, K and A of the exact same suit. It is highly rare to get this hand because your opponents won't allow you to form one.
2. Straight Flush - While getting a straight flush is difficult, it is a little more achievable than a royal flush. It is similar to the royal flush, but instead of having 10, J, Q, K and A, you can have any connecting cards of the same suit. For example, you can have 8, 9, 10, J, Q of hearts.
3. Four-of-a-Kind (Quads) - This is a hand that is hard to get and is virtually unbeatable by another hand. You get a quad when you have four cards of the same value, such as A-A-A-A. Like the straight flush, it is extremely rare that a Quad is not the best hand.
4. Full House (Boat) - A full house is also referred to as a "boat" because when the cards are placed on the table, they collectively look like a sailboat. It is the combination of a three-of-a-kind along with an extra pair. For instance, you are dealt A-A and at pre-flop, you get A-3-3. Note that when assessing the strength of a full house, your card value must beat your opponent's three-of-a kind value.
The aforementioned hands are the strongest hands you can get in Texas hold'em. However, there are other possible hands you can have.
1. Flush - You get a flush when you come up with an entire hand of the same suit. For instance, you put together 4-9-10-J-K, all of which are spades. A flush is a good hand and more often, you won't flop.
2. Straight - You can get a plain straight when you have a hand that connects with each other and they aren't of the same suit. 3-4-5-6-7 is an example of a plain straight. However, if you get 2-3-4-5-7, you only have a small straight which is ideal for Yahtzee, but no good in poker.
3. Three-of-a-Kind (Trips or Set) - This is the hand you get when you have three cards of the same value along with two cards which are not of the same rank. Most of the time, this hand is good, but you have to be careful when there are three or four community cards that are of the same suit or connectors.
4. Two Pair - Two pair hands may rank low on the list, but they can still help you win big pots. You get two pair when you have two cards of the same value along with another pair of cards of different value.
5. Pair - When you have one pair and the rest of your cards are all of varying values, it may be difficult to win a big pot. However, it is still not impossible to win. You can win a big pot with a good pair when your opponents are loose players.
6. High Card - You have what is called a high card when you can't even come up with a pair. Keep in mind that this is a weak hand and it rarely wins in a showdown on the river. On the other hand, there are rare winning occasions when you get the highest valued cards like the Ace and King.