Poker Hand Rules
The best poker hand rules relate to the long-standing and time-honored betting game of poker. Poker is always played using a deck of 52 cards. Said cards are always ranked from high to low as ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and ace again. While there are four suits, no suit is higher than another. While all poker hands include five cards, only the highest hand wins.
- Five of a Kind. This poker hand is the highest and only possible when using wild cards like jokers. An example is five aces in a hand.
- Straight Flush. A straight flush is the best natural hand, but still only the second-highest hand you can get. This hand is composed of five cards all in order and all of the same suit. A royal flush is the highest natural hand and includes the series going from ace to the 10 card.
- Four of a Kind. Four of a Kind is very basic: It is just four cards of the same rank. It is lower than a Straight Flush.
- Full House. Not to be confused with the cheesy and ultra-inoffensive, Bob Saget sitcom of the 80s and 90s, a Full House is a poker hand that is Three of a Kind plus a pair. In example, three kings and a pair of aces. It is lower than Four of a Kind.
- Flush. The Flush is a poker hand in which all its cards are of the same suit, though not in order. An example would be a hand that consists of a queen, a jack, an 8, a 7, and a 2, all of diamonds. It is lower than a Full House.
- Straight. A Straight hand consists of five cards all in order. In the event of a tie, the highest straight hand wins. It is lower than a Flush.
- Three of a Kind. Three of a Kind occurs when your poker hand has three cards of the same rank along with two cards of different ranks. It is lower than a Straight.
- Two Pair. This poker hand consists of two definite pairs of cards and a fifth card. This hand is lower than Three of a Kind.
- Pair. As far as poker hand rules go, a Pair is merely two cards of the same rank along with three cards of different ranks.
- High Card. A High Card is the lowest hand in poker, and it consists merely of a hand that fails to fit into any of the above arrangements. If no player has anything like a pair or better, then your High Card is the winner.