Before we get to the meat of this article, let us learn some of the essential poker rules that is utilized in most of all poker games: first, poker is a game played with 5 cards. You can also play in 7 cards or 9 cards or of any kind, but you need to always make use of the five cards to create your own best poker cards. These key poker hand rankings are applied when playing Texas Hold ’em, 5 Card Draw, Seven Card Stud, and so on.
In the Official order of Poker Hands, let’s take a look at which is the highest hands order to the lowest.
Royal Flush – Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all of the same shape and color.
Straight Flush – in consecutive order in the same color & shape.
Four of a Kind – Four cards with the same value (quads) with an additional card to make it five.
Full House – Three cards with the same number and additional two cards with the same numbers too.
Flush – Five cards with the same color and shape. If an opponent also has a flush, the highest ranking three of a kind will win the game.
Straight – Five cards in consecutive order, not necessarily to have the same color and shape.
Three of a Kind – Three cards with the same value, with additional 2 cards to make it five.
Two Pair – two pairs with the same value, the highest pair wins the game.
One Pair – Two cards with the same value, but if opponent has the same cards, whoever who has the highest outside card wins the game.
High Card – Cards with the highest cards wins the game.
In each group, the rank of all five of your cards will help find out the winner. For instance, if you and your rival both have 1 pair, then whoever’s pair is higher wins the game. If you and your rival both have straight cards, whoever’s straight is better wins. In situations of a tie, let’s say a set of aces or an ace high flush, you should look at all times the five cards for the tie-breaker. For instance, let’s say you have an ace high flush and so does your opponent. In any case, we look at the second card. If you both have an ace, king high flush, anyhow we look at the third card, and so on.
In addition to 13 distinct cards and 4 suits, for 52 cards all in all, there are a total of 2,598,960 different probabilities of hands! Have you ever speculated why not once did you hit that straight flush? Now then, there are only 40 distinct straight flushes (together with the royal flushes) which mean 40 out of over 2.5 million probabilities, for a grand total of a 0.00154% chances. Four of a kind is still exceptional, but over 15 times as usual, with 624 different combinations and a 0.024% chances. You have to play poker every minute to be dealt with those hands!
The guidelines of poker are pretty easy, this ranking or order of poker hands clarifies the winner, with the Royal Flush being the best card.