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In every poker game, a poker hand is present. That’s because it is the heart and soul of this popular casino card game.

Poker hands are rankings assigned to playing cards of different combinations. They are placed in a rank so that a win can be identified.

Poker hands consist of five cards. The rankings are acceptable whatever kind of poker you are playing. Predetermined rules of different poker variants may however change the way those hands are dealt with. In any case, the highest-ranking hand sets the winner apart while the lowest ranking hand may either pronounce a winner or a tie, depending on the kind of poker game being played.

The General Rule

In poker hands there are general and specific rules. The general rules apply to poker hand ranking no matter what game variant you are into.
Poker Hand

The Ace is a tricky playing card. It can appear as the highest ranking card or the lowest ranking card, depending on the poker hand. Other than the Ace, the rest of the cards are ranked with a constant value. The number cards are valued based on face value. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 are valued as the numbers appear. The face cards, meanwhile, are ranked from Jack to Queen to King, Jack being on the eleventh rank and King on the thirteenth rank.

The suits of the cards also play a huge role in poker hands. They are especially critical in building a Flush and a Straight Flush.

At times, it is not at all about getting the highest-ranking poker hand. It is more of getting the best hand that qualifies in a specific category.

Poker Hands

Poker Hands

There are many different poker hands. Below are their names and descriptions:

* Straight Flush – A hand that contains five consecutive cards of the same suit. An Ace can be valued low in a Straight Flush consisting of an Ace, a 2, a 3, a 4, and a 5. When an Ace is valued high, in the case of a 10, a Jack, a Queen, a King, and an Ace, the hand is known as Royal Flush.

* Flush – A hand that contains cards of the same suit. They do not necessarily come in consecutive ranks.

* Straight – A hand that contains five cards in a sequence but do not belong to the same suit.

* Four-of-a-Kind – A hand that contains four cards of identical value or rank.

* Three-of-a-Kind – A hand that contains three cards of identical rank.

* Two Pair – As the name implies, this hand contains two sets of pairs or two sets of cards in identical ranks.

* One Pair – A hand that contains a pair or two cards of similar rank.

* Full House – A hand that contains three cards of the same value and another two cards of identical rank.

* High Card – A hand that contains five cards of different ranks and suits. In some ways, this poker hand could win a pot.

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