Poker Hand Values and Poker Hand Ranking

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Straight Flush
A Straight Flush is the best value poker hand value possible in a game of Poker. No other poker hand ranks as high. It is the highest poker hand value available. It is a straight 5 cards in order, where all 5 cards are of the same suit, example, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of clubs.

The Ace can be either high or low but cannot be used as a middle card between the King and Two, as an example, Q, K, A, 2, 3, would not be allowed.

A Straight Flush is the highest possible hand that can be called in a game of Poker. It is where the highest card is an Ace, followed by K, Q, J, 10, it is called a Royal Flush.

Four of a Kind
Four of a Kind is when you have been dealt four cards with the same value, for instance, 4 Kings or 4 Eights. Its a very high ranking hand.

If two players both have Four of a Kind, then the game is won on the 5th cards value, the higher card wins.

Full House
A Full House is where the player has been dealt 3 cards of the same value and a pair. Example, Q, Q, Q, 4, 4.

Should another player also have identical poker card values, ie. another Full House, then the winner would be the person who’s triple had the highest value. Example, K, K, K, 8, 8 would beat 5, 5, 5, Q, Q.

A flush is where all of the cards dealt to the player are of the same suit. They can be of any card values. Example, 2, 6, 9, J, K of Clubs.

When two players tie, again the highest valued card of either hand determines the winner. (See High Card below.)

A Straight is where the 5 cards value is in a running order but are made up of different suits. Example; 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 but varying suits.

Where two Straights tie, the highest value Straight is ranked higher and wins. If both Straights have the same value highest card, then the pot is evenly split between both players.

Three of a Kind
If a hand holds 3 cards of the same value, then it is said to hold Three of a Kind. Example, K, K, K, 4, 8. If two players both have Three of a Kind, again the highest value 3 cards win.

Two Pairs
Two Pairs is when the player has been dealt 2 sets of 2 cards of the same value (this may seem obvious.) Again, if two players have the Two Pairs, then the highest value pair wins. In a draw situation, the highest 5th card would be the decider.

One Pair
One pair dealt with 3 other differing value cards. When two players both have a Pair, then again the highest ranked pair wins. The High Card rule is the decider, yet again, in a tie situation.

High Card
When all cards in the poker hand are of different values and suits do not follow any of the above sets of rules, then the highest value card in the hand is how the value of the hand against the other players is ranked.

In a tie situation where two players have the same poker hand value using their respective High Cards and they are both the same value then the second highest value card is used, and so on.

As mentioned above, the High Card value is used to determine the winner, in tie situations with Two Pairs, Three and Four or a Kind.

Learning the Poker Hand values and ranking listed above is one of the first things a poker player should do to understand the poker hand value when playing.

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