Poker is about getting the best hand. That’s basically how you win the game. There may be different variations in this popular card game but ultimately, their point of convergence is in the fact that the person with the strongest hand carries the day or should we say, carries the cash.
Therefore, to be a good poker player, you must have a proper understanding of the strength that these different hands have. Keep in mind that the differences in the ranking of these hands among the different variations will just be subtle.
The Straight Flush
During a poker game, if you get to the end of the game and you have 5 cards all in numerical order as well as in identical suits, then you have a Straight Flush. Usually, the player holding a Straight Flush with the highest ranked cards on the deck carries the day. As a rule, the best Straight Flush is referred to as the Royal Flush and it consists of A, K, Q, J and 10 of the same suit. This is essentially an unbeatable hand.
The Four of a Kind
If you get to the end of the game and your 5 cards consist of 4 cards of the same rank in combination with one side card referred to as the ‘kicker’ then you have a winning hand referred to as the Four of a Kind. As a rule, if there is a tie, the player with the highest ranking four cards wins.
The Full House
If you get to the end of the game and your 5 cards consist of 3 cards of the same rank in combination with two cards from a different but matching rank, then you have a winning hand referred to as the Full House. As a rule, if there is a tie, the player with the highest ranking three cards wins.
If you get to the end of the game and your 5 cards are of the same suit then you have a winning hand referred to as the Flush. As a rule, if there is a tie, the player with the highest ranking five cards wins. In some situations, the second-highest or third-highest and so on may be used as the tiebreaker. In the outside chance that a number of players have the exact ranks then they will have to split the pot.
There are about 10 winning hands that as a poker player you must be aware of but ultimately, it’s the strongest hand that carries the day.