Which poker hand is higher?

Still can't figure out how poker hands rank. Which poker hand is higher?

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In poker, the ranking of hands is divided into two categories - premium hands and additional hands.

Here's the list of premium hands that rank highest in poker:

1. Royal Flush - You get this hand when you put together 10, J, Q, K and A of the exact same suit. It is rare for you to get this hand because it is unlikely that your opponents will let you form one.

2. Straight Flush - It is true that getting a straight flush is difficult. However, it is more achievable than a royal flush. It is like having a 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 9, 10, j, Q and K of spades.

3. Four-of-a-Kind (Quads) - When you get this hand, yours would be almost unbeatable by another hand. You form a quad when you have four cards of the same rank, such as Q-Q-Q-Q. It is very rare that a Quad is not the best hand in a particular game.

4. Full House (Boat) - Poker players also refer to a full house as a "boat" because when they place the cards on the table, they collectively look like a sailboat. You get a full house when you have a combination of a three-of-a-kind along with a pair. For example, you are dealt with Q-Q and at pre-flop you get Q-3-3. Keep in mind that when you assess the strength of your full house, your card value must be higher that your opponent's three-of-a-kind.

The hands mentioned above are the strongest possible hands you can get when playing Texas hold'em. On the other hand, you can still form other hands.

1. Flush - You form a flush when you put together an entire hand of the same suit. For example, you have 4-9-10-J-K, all of which are hearts. A flush is a good hand and typically if you get this, you won't flop.

2. Straight - You have a plain straight when you have a hand with card values that connect with each other but are not of the same suit. An example of a plain straight would be 4-5-6-7-8. On the other hand, if you get 2-3-4-5-7, you only have a small straight - ideal for Yahtzee, but not good for poker.

3. Three-of-a-Kind (Trips or Set) - You form a three-of-a-kind when you have three cards of the same rank along with two cards that are not of the same value. 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 - This hand ranks low on the list, but you can still win big pots through it. You have a two-pair when you come up with two cards of the same rank along with another pair of cards of a different value.

5. Pair - It can be difficult to win a big pot when you have one pair while the rest of your cards are of varying ranks. However, winning is still possible. You can have a good pair and still win a big pot when your opponents are loose players.

6. High Card - This ranks the lowest among all the hands. This happens when you can't even put together a pair. Remember that this hand is weak and there are only typically loses a showdown on the river. However, there are still rare winning occasions when you get a high card and yet have the highest ranking cards like the Ace and King.