One of the most important things that you need to know before you even start looking at rules for the different variations of poker are Poker Hand Rankings. This remains the same for all poker games and is the one thing that you are expected to know in any poker game you play, even if you’ve never played that game before. Starting with the best hand possible and working to the lowest hand possible, the following list tells you what each hand means and what does or does not beat that hand.
1. Royal Flush
A Royal Flush is a hand with five cards of the same suit in descending order like so: Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten (all of the same suit).
2. Five of a kind (including a joker)
The next highest hand is a Five of a Kind. Obtaining this hand is only possible when you are using wild cards since there are only 4 of each card otherwise. If more than one person has Five of a Kind then the highest hand wins. An example of a five of a kind would be: 5,5,5,5,Joker or wild card.
3. Straight Flush
Working our way down the list, next comes the Straight Flush. A Straight Flush is a wonderful natural hand that consists of five cards of the same suit in numerical order. An example of this would be 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 of hearts.
4. Four of a Kind
Four of a Kind is next and happens when a player gets four of the same numbered card. I.E. four Jacks.
5. Full house
A Full House consists of three of a kind and a pair. A good example of a full house would be three tens and two sevens.
Continuing down the line, a Flush is when all five of the cards in your hand are the same suit. It doesn’t matter what numerical order they are in, as long as they are all the same suit, i.e. five clubs.
The next highest hand is called a Straight. You have a Straight when all five of your cards are in numerical order. It does not matter what suit they are, as long as they are in numerical order. I.E. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
8. Three of a Kind
A Three of a Kind is when you get three cards of the same number in your hand, such as three 5’s.Now we are approaching the lowest hands possible in a poker hand.
9. Two Pair
The second lowest hand is what is called Two Pair. You have two pair when you have two pairs of same numbered cards in your hand. I.E. Two 5s and two 10s
10. One Pair
And finally, the lowest possible hand in poker is One Pair. One pair is simply two cards with the same numerical value. I.E. two 8s.
11. High Card
A High Card is not a winning hand as above, but it is often used to break a tie. For example, if two players had two pairs, Aces and Kings, the last card in their hand would decided the winner, that is the High Card.
That is the basic rundown of poker hand rankings, we hope that this explains it well.