Poker Hand Rankings
- Royal Flush – 10, J, Q, K, A, all in the same suit
- Straight Flush – five consecutive cards, all of the same suit e.g. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of Hearts
- Four of a Kind – four cards of equal numerical value e.g. 6, 6, 6, 6, X. The fifth card is irrelevant.
- Full House – 2 cards of one numerical value and 3 cards of another numerical value e.g. 7, 7, A, A, A
- Flush – Any five cards of the same suit e.g. 2, 6, 10, A, K of Hearts
- Straight – Five consecutive cards of different suits.
- Three of a Kind – 3 cards of the same numerical value, plus any 2 other cards e.g. 5, 5, 5, X, X
- Two Pairs – Two sets of cards of equal numerical value e.g. 3, 3, 8, 8, X
- Pair – A set of cards with equal numerical value e.g. 7, 7, X, X, X
Playing a Game of Poker
All poker hands consist of five cards. Even in games where a player holds more than five cards, he will have to select the five cards that he wants to use to make up his poker hand and the rest of his cards will be discarded. If you are playing a poker game that has wild cards, these cards can be substituted for any other card in order to make up a specific combination of cards. The wild cards must be determined before the game begins.
Once the player is holding his final five cards they will be compared with the other players' cards. Poker hands are ranked according to the rankings given above. If none of the players hold a combination listed in the hand rankings, then hands are compared according to the 'high card.' This means that the highest held card wins. If players hold equal valued highest cards, then their second highest cards are compared and so on until a winner is found.