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Poker combinations

When playing in Texas Hold’em in order to win a game, in poker it’s called a hand, it’s quite obvious that you need to hold the highest possible hand (combination) among the other players involved in the game. It is also necessary for you to know the hand rankings inside out. Without understanding the importance of this basic set of rules as well as the possible combinations it can be rather difficult for you to distinguish the difference between possibly winning and definitely losing. Below you’ll find the poker hands listed from the highest to the lowest.

Royal Flush

This combination is known as the best possible hand among the others. When you see the following cards in your hand: 10, J, Q, K and A all of the same suit – stay sure you have a Royal Flush. Basically it’s the highest Straight Flush with Ace as a top card. In other words it’s a sequence of the highest cards of the same suit.

Straight Flush

This is the second highest hand in poker. Straight Flush is a kind of a combination of Flush and Straight. The quality of this combination is determined according to the highest card. So the highest card in the highest possible Flush (the Royal Flush) is an Ace. Let’s get it straight, when you find yourself with any cards of the same suit in sequence for instance: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – it’s the Straight Flush. In other words, this is a sequence of the same suit cards. So, the Royal Flush is the Highest Straight Flush.

Four of a Kind

The third highest hand complies from four cards of the same rank. When you have 7,7,7,7 it’s Four of a Kind that will certainly beat Full House and the all the other combinations, except Straight Flush and Royal Flush.

Full House

With any three cards of the same rank (also called triplet) plus any two cards of the same rank (a pair) you’ll be holding a Full House. Basically, it’s Three of a Kind plus one Pair. The three cards are in preference here that means that if several players are holding a Full House, the winner will be determined by the highest triplet.

Flush

When you find out that all of your cards in a hand are non-sequential and of the same suit – you’re making a Flush. When several players are holding a Flush, the winner will be determined by the highest card in the Flush.

Straight

Here any five sequential cards of different suits will create a Straight. Such combinations, may contain an Ace, which can be either a '1' (A, 2, 3, 4, 5) or Higher than a King (10, J, Q, K, A). According to the basic poker rules, in case several players have a Straight, the one showing the highest Straight will win the pot. In case the Straights are equal, the pot is divided between the two players.

Three of a Kind (Triplet)

A hand containing three cards of the same rank is called Three of a Kind, in poker community this term is also referred to as a triplet. J, J, J – is a good example of Three of a kind. In those cases when two players have Three of a Kind, the one showing the highest triplet will win the pot. Though, when the triplets are equal, the winner is determined by the highest kicker (two cards not involved in the triplet).

Two Pair

Two cards of the same rank and another two cards of the same rank. As the name implies, this combination is formed out of two different pairs. For example JJ QQ – is a Two Pair. In rare cases when both players have the same Two Pairs, the winner will be determined by a kicker.

One Pair

When you have a “hole” hand, so that none of the above mentioned combinations was created, you may try to use your best card to beat the opponent’s one. Basically, you have one card higher than the others and sometimes this card may lead you to the pot.

High Card Hand

When you have a “hole” hand, so that none of the above mentioned combinations was created, you may try to use your best card to beat the opponent’s one. Basically, you have one card higher than the others and sometimes this card may lead you to the pot.