While playing poker, the players form sets of five playing cards, which are called hands, as per the rules of the game. Each of the poker hands has a particular rank, which is matched upon the ranks of other hands being the participant in the exposé to decide who wins. There are different variations as far as game rules are concerned. In high games, such as Texas Hold 'em and Seven-Card Stud, the hand that ranks the highest win. In low games, like Razz, the card that ranks the lowest win. In high-low division games, both the cards that rank the highest and the lowest wins, though there are different rules that are used to rank the high and low hands.
Each of the poker hands goes to a category defined by the patterns created by its cards. A hand in the higher-ranking category invariably ranks higher than a hand in a lower-ranking category. A hand ranks within the category relating to the ranks of its cards. The individual cards thereafter rank from highest to the lowest: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. Nevertheless, aces have the lowest rank when below ace-to-five low or ace-to-six low rules, or when below high rules being the part of a five-high straight or straight flush.Poker Hands
• Five of a Kind
Five of a kind is a type of hand which includes five cards of one rank. It stands above a straight flush but is only achievable when using one or more than one wild cards, as there are only four cards of any rank in the deck.
• Straight Flush
A straight flush is a hand which includes five cards of consecutive rank, all from the same suit. It is known to rank below five of a kind and above four of a kind.
• Four of a Kind
Four of a kind, also known as the quads, is a hand which includes four cards of one rank and one card of another rank. It is known to rank below a straight flush and above a full house.
• Full House
A full house, also known as the full boat or simply boat and originally called a Full Hand is a hand which includes three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. It is known to rank below four of a kind and above a flush.Poker Hands
A flush is a hand which includes five cards all of the same suit, not all of the consecutive rank. It is known to rank below a full house and above a straight. Each flush gets ranked first by the rank of its highest-ranking card, then by the rank of its second highest-ranking and so on.
A straight is a hand which includes five cards of consecutive rank, not all from the same suit. It is known to rank below a flush and above three of a kind. In the case of high rules, an ace can rank either high or low but cannot simultaneously rank both high and low.
• Three of a kind
The Three of a kind is a type of hand also known as trips or a set, which includes three cards of one rank and two cards of the two other ranks. It is known to rank below a straight and above two pair.
• Two pair
Two pair is a kind of hand which includes two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank and one card of the third type of rank. It is known to rank below three of a kind and above one pair.
• One pair
One pair, or just a pair, is a type of hand which includes two cards of one rank and three cards of any three different ranks. It is known to rank below two pair and above high card.
• High card
High card, also known as no pair, is a type of hand which does not fall into any category mentioned. However, it is notable that under ace-to-five low rules, straights, flushes and straight flushes are not possible, so such hands are instead high card hands. It is known to rank below one pair.Poker Hands