To master the game of poker, one must first learn the poker card combinations, or as everybody calls them hands.
There are 10 different hand combinations one must have. The following chart will explain them, ranking each hand from highest to lowest.
Texas Hold’em – the most popular form of poker, allows a winning combination from cards that can be both coming from the common cards on the table, or the cards you have in hand. Note: if you have a hand of 5 cards, including the cards on the table, your opponent is likely to either have a similar hand to yours, or even better.
STANDARD ORDER OF POKER CARD HANDS
As most card games, poker follows the same principles. Ace, followed by the King, Queen and Jack are the highest cards in the deck. Then discontenting go the cards numbering from 10 to 2.
The Royal Flush is the best hand one can get. It’s a combination of the five highest cards – Ace, King, Queen, Jack and a Ten, all in the same suit.
Straight Flush happens, when there are five cards in a row, all in the same suit.
FOUR OF A KIND
Four identical cards of the same suit make the Four of a Kind combination.
The Full House, also known as a Full Boat, is made of a pair and three of a kind in the same hand.
The Flush is a combination of five cards in one suit, not in numerical order.
Five cards in a numerical order form a straight. The combination doesn’t require the same suit.
THREE OF A KIND
Three of the same card and two non-paired cards form Three of a Kind.
Two pairs of two cards make up for a Two Pair hand.
One pair of two same cards make up for One Pair hand.
If none of the above hands is available, then the highest available card is called a High Card.