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A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ALL POKER HANDS

Overview: A brief beginner’s guide to all poker hands in a Texas Hold ‘em style game. Get all your queries about the game answered here.

I just finished watching the finale season of the superhit legal drama ‘Suits’, currently airing on Netflix. The protagonist ‘Harvey Specter’ always had some awesome tricks up his sleeve to counter any situation and turn it in his favour. One of the most important quotes from the show is when he teaches his protégé, Mike Ross on how to turn the tables through this quote:

“Don’t play the odds. Play the man.”

If this quote has given you goosebumps and ignited the need to enter the world of Poker, then read on to educate yourselves on the basics of the game and understand the rules of all poker hands.

There are different types of games played but the most popular today is the Texas Hold ‘em Poker. 

How to Start Using the Poker Hands in the Game?

The game is started by a dealer who provides 2 face down cards to each player and 5 cards face down on the table. The cards on the table are subsequently opened one by one as the player places bets on them. The player with the best hand with the 5 cards wins the game. 

Which are the most used Poker hands sequence?

There are majorly 10 hands in a poker game. We will now be explaining each of them in details in order of importance:

  1.       Royal Flush

The highest hand of poker, this set consists of an ace, king, queen, jack and a ten of the same suit. It is very difficult to beat this hand as it occurs rarely.

  1.       Straight Flush

The straight flush consists of the cards of the same suit appearing in a row in consecutive values. Cards like ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 together will form a flush. When more than one player obtains the straight flush, the hand with the higher value is declared the winner.

  1.       Four of a Kind

Out of the 7 cards, if a player makes a hand of 4 cards of the same value, he is declared the winner. In case more than one player achieves four of a kind set, the player with the highest Kicker (the 5th card) wins the game.

  1.       Full House

Out of the 7 cards, if a player obtains 2 sets where 3 cards are of the same rank and the other 2 of another rank, then the hand is considered a Full House win. For example, I have a jack of spades and a 7 of hearts. On the table, I see two more jacks and one more 7 of different ranks, then, I will have a full house win. Like other cases, the player with the higher pair wins the hand.  

  1.       Flush

If a player gets 5 cards of the same suit, no matter the order of the cards, it is considered a flush. The player with the highest rank of cards wins the game in case there are several flushes on the table.

  1.       Straight

Similar to the flush, when a player gets 5 cards of different suits, but in an order, it is a straight win. Once again, to determine a winner in case of more than one straight, the player with the highest hand wins the round.

  1.       Three of a Kind

A lower win but similar in nature to the four of a kind hand, the three of a hand is when the player gets 3 consecutive cards of the same value. In case of a tie, the winner is decided by the additional kicker card.

  1.       Two Pair

When a player gets 2 sets of pairs, each pair having the same value, then it is a win. In case of more than one win, the deciding factor becomes the additional kicker card. The higher it is, the better.

  1.       Pair

When a player manages to only make one pair of the same value, it is a Pair win. Again, the kicker card is needed to decide the winner in case of similarities.

  1.   High Card

When all of the above are not seen in the hand, the player with the highest kicker card in the hand wins the game. If that surpasses as well, the second highest hand is looked for.

Well, now with this new-found knowledge or a brush up if you’ve already played before, you have something to move forward with. Bring out your inner Rachel Green and don’t let Ross steal your wind this time.

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  1. I think this is a really good article. You make this information interesting and engaging. You give readers a lot to think about and I appreciate that kind of writing.

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