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Poker Rankings

Poker is one of the most popular card games. Poker players receive five card hands which are compared against other players. The player with the better hand wins. So which hand is better than the other? Below is the list of rankings from best to worse:

1) Royal Flush - this is when you get the top five cards of identical suit. Example: ten, jack, queen, king and ace of hearts. This is the most difficult combination to get.

2) Straight Flush - this is when you get five consecutive cards of identical suit. Example: five, six, seven, eight and nine of diamonds.

3) Four of a Kind - this is when you get four cards of equivalent rank. Example: queen of hearts, queen of spades, queen of diamonds, queen of clubs and any other card.

4) Full House - this is when you get three cards of equivalent rank and another two cards of equivalent rank. Example: eight of hearts, eight of diamonds, eight of spades, four of clubs and four of spades.

5) Flush - this is when you get five cards of identical suit regardless of order. Example: two, five, six, nine and king of spades.

6) Straight - this is when you get five consecutive cards regardless of suit. Example: three of hearts, four of spades, five of spades, six of hearts, seven of diamonds

7) Three of a Kind - this is when you get three cards of equivalent rank. Example: nine of hearts, nine of diamonds, nine of spades and any two other cards

8) Two Pairs - this is when you get two cards of identical rank and another two cards of identical rank. Example: two of hearts, two of diamonds, five of clubs, five of spades and any other card

9) One Pair - this is when you get two cards of equivalent rank. Example: nine of hearts, nine of spades and any three other cards

10) High Card - this is when you get when you are unable to form any of the above, then the highest card you have determines your hand

The game has a myriad of variations but the essentials are generally the same. The more popular variations include draw poker, stud poker and community poker. In draw poker, players receive five or more cards, all of which are hidden. Players are also allowed to replace one or more cards at certain times. In stud poker, the players receive the five cards one at a time, some of which are shown to the other players. Unlike draw poker however, players are not allowed to change cards. In community poker, a number of cards are shown face up and shared by all the players in addition to cards dealt to them individually.

Whichever variation you choose to play, poker is bound to be entertaining. So bring out your cards, put on your poker face and start playing…


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