If you played poker as a child, you might have the poker hands memorized. Those who never enjoyed home poker games as a kid or those who haven't played in a long time need a quick refresher. Have no fear; in the article below, we provide a guide to poker hands for players of all levels.
Our guide discusses the many different hands in poker: the best poker hands, the worst poker hands, and all of the possible poker hands in between. We discuss which poker hands you should play, along with a mathematical breakdown of the chances of getting certain hands in poker. Our calculations and odds are based on the most popular version of poker, Texas Hold'em, because that is the game new players are most likely to play online.
Ranking Poker Hands From Best To Worst
The best hand in poker is the royal flush. This happens once every 30,000 hands or so in Texas Hold'em and Seven-Card Stud, so unlike Hollywood movies, don't expect to see many of them. Here's a full list of the poker hands, ranked from best to worst:
Major Types of Poker Hands
Beginners might want a more detailed explanation of the poker hands. The next list describes the cards required to form each hand. Flushes, full houses and straights are powerful hands that are more likely to appear than royal flushes.
The Probability of Getting Certain Hands
Below is an overview of the probability of getting certain hands in poker. Since the most popular version of poker is Texas Hold'em, we show probabilities for receiving a hand when receiving seven cards. In all cases, the object of the game is to build the best five-card hand, so having two additional cards raises the odds of receiving a strong hand. For instance, the chances of getting a royal flush in the first five cards of Five-Card Draw are 1 in 649,740 hands.
Comparing Absolute Value To Relative Value
When learning to calculate odds, players must learn to tell the difference between absolute value and relative value. One of the stumbling blocks for new online poker players is to realize when a pair of aces (or other high pair) is in danger of losing. If certain flops come, a pair of aces face the significant danger of losing. Players must learn to spot these situations and bet accordingly.
Poker Hands FAQ
What are the hands in poker (in order)?
See the section above called "Ranking Poker Hands from Best to Worst" for the poker hands in order. Royal flush is the highest poker hand, while high card (7) is the lowest.
What are the rules of poker?
The rules of poker differ from one variant to another. For instance, Texas Hold'em and Omaha have rules for community cards and blind bets, while Seven-Card Stud and Five-Card Draw don't have community cards and use ante bets instead. Read our individual poker variant pages for a detailed description of game rules.
Which hands beat which in poker?
Once again, see our section above called "Ranking Poker Hands from Best to Worst" to see the poker hands ranked from best to worst. If you need a description of each hand rank, see the section called "Major Types of Poker Hands" for a more detailed explanation.
What is the rarest hand in poker?
The royal flush is the rarest hand in poker. The royal flush appears once in every 30,940 hands in Texas Hold'em and in Seven-Card Stud. If you receive a Royal Flush, bet with great confidence that you'll win the hand.
What is the weakest hand in poker?
The weakest hand in poker is 75432 unsuited. This is the lowest high card hand possible because it is the hand with the lowest cards that don't fill a straight. For instance, 65432 unsuited has lower cards in it, but forms a straight. Also, 75432 suited is a flush, so it's a pretty high-ranked hand.
What are 4 Aces called in poker?
Four aces are called a "four of a kind" in poker. Any four cards of the same rank create a four of a kind, which is the third-highest card combination. If you have four twos against four aces, though, the four of a kind with the deuces would be dominated.
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