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Poker Hand Rankings – Poker Basics – Poker Hands what beats what

Learn all the poker hands from a pair, 2 pair, 3 of a kind, straight
flush, full house, 4 of a kind, and straight flush.

The strongest poker hand is a straight flush which is 5 cards consecutively ordered like 5-6-7-8-9 and all the same suit

Next best is 4 of a kind like KKKK

Next is a full house like KKK-99 three cards of one rank + a pair

Next best hand is a flush which is 5 cards all the same suit

Next best is the straight which is 5 cards of different suit consecutively ordered like 7-8-9-10-J or A-2-3-4-5 is also a straight.

below that is a 3 of a kind which is 3 cards same rank. Also called a set or trips.

Next we have 2 pair

and finally a pair

if no one has a made hand, the player with the highest single card wins.

To break a tie, the player with the higher ranked cards wins. In the case of a full house the player with the higher 3 cards is ahead. ex AAA-KK is better than KKK-AA

In the case of a straight A-2-3-4-5 is the lowest and 10-J-Q-K-A Is the highest

Poker hands are ranked according to the probability of catching the hand. Rare combinations like straight flush, quads (4 of a kind) and a full house are all ranked high since they are rare. Lower ranked combinations like a simple pair are ranked low because they are frequent and common.

5 card draw probability estimates

Straight flush probability – 1 in72,000
quads probability – 1 in 4000
full house probability – 1 in 700
flush probability – 1 in 500
straight probability – 1 in 250
3 of a kind probability – 1 in 45
2 pair probability – 1 in 20
pair probability – 1 in 1.5

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