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The Hands of Poker

The many variations of poker make it seem like it might be a complicated game, but it really isn't - if you can figure out the sequence of cards, you're set. Here's our handy chart of all the possible hands you can have in poker.

Royal Flush A Royal Flush is the best hand in a game of poker. It consists of a 10, J, Q, K, and Ace that are all of the same suit.

Straight Flush The Straight Flush consists of five cards of the same suit in sequence. For example, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 of Hearts. A Straight Flush made using higher cards will always beat one with lower cards. The lowest Straight Flush consists of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, with the highest consisting of 10, J, Q, K and Ace.

4 of a Kind 4 of a Kind is a hand that contains 4 cards of the same value (one from each suit). For example, 10C, 10D, 10S and 10H. A 4 of a Kind consisting of high cards will always win over one consisting of low cards.

Full House This hand contains a three cards of the same value (3 of a Kind) and a pair of the same value. For example, 10D, 10H, 10S, 4S, 4C. In the event of two players showing a Full House, the hand with the highest 3 of a Kind will win. For example, a KD, KH, KC, 2S, 2D will beat a QS, QC, QD, 10D, 10S.

Flush A Flush is simply a hand containing cards all from the same suit. If two player hold a Flush, the hand containing the highest card wins. For example, 2D, 4D, 7D, 8D, KD would beat a hand of 2H, 4H, 7H, 8H, JH.

Straight A hand including any five cards in sequence is a Straight. Like the Straight Flush, a high Straight will always beat a low Straight.

3 of a Kind 3 of a Kind is a hand that includes three cards that are all of the same value. High cards aways beat low cards.

2 Pair This hand must contain two different pairs of cards that are of the same value. For example, 2D, 2C, 10H, 10C, 8S. In the event of two players having 2 Pair, the one with the highest pair wins. If both of the high pairs are the same, then the winner will be determined by the value of the second pair. If the second pair of cards are the same, then which ever player has the highest fifth card wins.

1 Pair This hand includes just two cards that are of the same value. The player with highest valued pair of cards wins. If both players hold the same pair, then the overall highest card of the hand is used to determined the winner.

High Card If players fail to get any of the hands described above, the player with the highest single card wins the game. If two players have the same high card, then the one with second highest card will win and if not the third and so on.

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