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Ranking of Poker Hands
There are 2,598,960 different hands that can be dealt from a 52-card deck. Poker hands are ranked by the most statistically improbable hand, the royal flush, to the most statistically probable hand, a high card. Print out this page and bring it with you to games until you have it memorized. The following illustrates the hands from strongest to weakest:

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Straight Flush

Royal Flush
An Ace-high straight and flush. For example, A-K-Q-J-10 of the same suit. Two players with this hand tie the game and split the pot. Probability: 1 in 649,740 or 0.000154%. Wins 100% of the times it’s played.

Straight Flush

Straight Flush
Any five cards both in consecutive rank and of the same suit. For example, 9-8-7-6-5 of the same suit. Two players with this hand tie the game and split the pot. Probability: 1 in 72,193 or 0.001385%. Wins 91.73% of the times it’s played.

Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind
Four cards of equal rank. The fifth card, or kicker, is of no importance since there can only be one winner with a four of a kind hand (the player with the highest-ranking four of a kind). Probability: 1 in 4,165 or 0.00240%. Wins 86.27% of the times it’s played.

Full House

Full House
A five-card hand made up of a three of a kind and a pair. If two players have a full house, the player with the highest-ranking three of a kind wins. There are no ties with a full house. This example is expressed as ‘sevens full of threes.’ Probability: 1 in 694 or 0.1441%. Wins 52.74% of the times it’s played.

Flush

Flush
Any five cards of one suit not in sequence. When two players have a flush, the player with the highest card wins. If both players have the same high card, the second-highest card determines the winner and so on down to the fifth card. If both players have identical hands, there is a tie and the pot is split. Probability: 1 in 509 or 0.1967%. Wins 46.88% of the times it’s played.

Straight

Straight
Any five cards in sequence that are not of the same suit. An Ace can be high or low, having an equivalent to 1. When two or more players hold a straight, the highest-ranking card holder wins. If two or more players have an equal straight, there is a tie and the pot is split. Probability: 1 in 255 or 0.3925%. Wins 33.36% of the times it’s played.

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind
Three cards of equal rank. Also called ‘triplets’ or ‘trips.’ The example here would be expressed as ‘trips fours.’ If two or more players have this hand, the highest-ranking trips wins. Ties are impossible. Probability: 1 in 47 or 2.1129%. Wins 33.56% of the times it’s played.

Two Pair

Two Pair
Any two cards of one rank plus two other cards of another rank and a kicker. If two players have this hand, the highest-ranking pair wins. If two players have matching high-ranking pairs, the other pair determines the winner. If two players’ two set of pairs match, the highest-ranking kicker wins. If two players have identical pairs and kickers, there is a tie and the pot is split. Probability: 1 in 21 or 4.7539%. Wins 8.92% of the times it’s played.

Pair

One Pair
Any two cards of the same rank with three unrelated cards. If two players have a single pair, the highest-ranking pair wins. If two players have the same pair, the highest-ranking unrelated card wins, and so on. If two players have identical hands, there is a tie and the pot is split. Probability: 1 in 2.3665 or 42.2569%. Wins 1.67% of the times it’s played.

High Card

High Card
This hand consists of five unrelated cards neither of the same suit, rank, nor sequence. If all players have this hand, the highest card wins. If two or more players have the same high card, the second-highest card wins, and so on. If two or more players have identical hands, there is a tie and the pot is split. Probability: 1 in 1.9953 or 50.1177%. Wins 0.01% of the times it’s played.
Note: Hand ranking is different in 2 and 3 Card Manila.

 

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