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Royal Flush - A royal flush is a straight flush from Ace to Ten
(AKQJT of the same suit). The reason why this is considered the best hand in poker is because it has the least amount of ways to make the hand. There are
2,598,960 various poker hands in a pack of fifty-two cards and 4 ways to make a Royal Flush, so the chance of making a royal in five cards is 1 in 649,740.
Straight Flush - A straight flush is any straight in the same suit that is not a Royal Flush (e.g. QJT98 of the same suit).
The chance of making a straight flush is rare, but it sure feels good when it happens. The only
bad beat jackpot I ever hit
was when I had a straight flush. Unfortunately for me, I had the best hand and won the pot. If I had the losing hand, I
would have won a much larger share of the jackpot.
Four of a Kind - A four of a kind is when you have four cards of the same
rank (8888). I can only think of one occasion when you
wouldn't want four of a kind. If you are playing Omaha, you do not want the four hole cards dealt to you to be of the same rank.
In this game, you must play two cards out of your hand, so if you have a starting hand of AAAA, only two of them are of any value.
Full House - A Full House is three of a kind combined with a pair (KKK44). The example hand would be Kings full of fours. If
two people have full houses, the player with the higher three of a kind wins. It is very rare to see two players chop when they
have full houses. The only time you will see a chop is when there are
community cards in play (like in
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Flush - A flush is any five cards of the same suit that are not in sequence (QJ765 of Spades). If two people have flushes,
the player with the highest flush card is the winner.
Straight - Straights are poker hands with any five cards in sequence that are not of the same suit (98765 unsuited).
Three of a Kind - Three of a kind is when a player has three cards of the same rank (777). The two most popular poker terms
used to describe three of a kind are "set" and "trips". Many players use the terms interchangeably, but
there is a difference. A set is when the player holds a pocket pair in their hand and there is one of their rank on the board.
Trips is when a player holds one of a rank and there are two more on the board.
Two Pair - Two pair is exactly what it sounds like (e.g. QQ99). If two players have two pair, the player with the highest
ranking pair wins the pot. If both players have the same top pair, then their
second pair comes into play.
One Pair - A pair is two cards of the same rank (99). If two players have a pair, then the player with the highest ranking
pair wins. If both players have the same pair, then kickers (highest card that doesn't coordinate) come into play.
High Card - When a poker hand has no combination (see above), the player with the highest card wins. If two or more players have
the same high card, the tie is broken by the second highest card and so on. Although this is the weakest hand, it feels good
to win a pot with only a high card. I remember one hand where I tried to bluff a player out of a pot and did not succeed.
He showed that he missed his flush draw and he only had Jack high. I proudly turned over my King high and took in a huge pot.
Also see Poker Hand Rankings