Poker is a card game whose history dates back to the early 19th century. It is believed to have originated in New Orleans and from there spread up the Mississippi River and across the country. Poker is a game of luck, but also skill and strategy. Players place bets on the probability of winning their hand or on the hands of other players. The winner is the player with either the best hand or the one who bet the most money on the hand.
A general poker hand ranking system underpins all forms of the game, classifying the relative strength of different types of poker hands so players can determine which hand is better.
It is used in very popular forms of poker such as Texas Hold’em or Omaha, as well as poker based casino games such as 3 Card Poker. Knowing this is important if you are serious about winning.
10 types of poker hands:
- Royal Flush
A royal flush is ranked number one in poker hand rankings as the best possible combination. It contains five consecutive cards of the same suit in order of value from 10 to ace.
- Straight flush
Any five consecutive cards of the same suit that are not a royal flush constitute a straight flush. It can only be beaten with a royal flush or other straight flush, including higher ranked cards.
The same card in all four suits. A five card hand ends with the highest card among others on the table or in your hand.
- Full house
A hand consisting of cards of the same value in three different suits (three of the same) and a separate pair of cards of the same value in two different suits. When more than one player has a full house, the hand with the higher or highest three of a kind wins.
Five cards of the same suit in any order. When two players have flushes, the highest card flush is the winning poker hand.
Five cards of consecutive numerical value, consisting of more than one suit. An ace can usually be either high (above a king) or low (below a deuce), but not both in the same hand.
A poker hand consisting of three cards of the same rank in three different suits. The two highest available cards, in addition to the three of a kind, complete the deal.
- Two pairs
Two different sets of two cards of the same rank. The remaining card with the highest rating completes the deal.
A pair of cards of the same rank and different suits. The rest of the hand is made up of the three highest ranked cards available.
- Senior card
The lowest ranked hand of all. The highest card in your hand is your “best hand”. In this case, it is the king of spades.
There are a lot of combinations in poker. The most important of these are the straight flush, full house, four of a kind, flush, and straight. All other combinations are based on them. It is very important to know them well, because they will help you make the right decision in any situation during the game.