The list of poker hands from best to worst is what determines who wins each round of poker. Poker is a game of both luck and skill; you have to make decisions in order to get one of these winning hands, but even more difficult than that is seeing through your opponents’ poker faces.
When you first learn how to play poker, your mind races with how many cards you should trade in, in hopes of ending up with a better hand than your opponents. One of the most basic poker strategies is to commit the winning poker hands to memory, so that you can make decisions based on it. If you are close to having two different kinds of potentially winning poker hands (for example, a straight and a flush), it is important to know which is better and therefore which one you should try for.
Here is The List of Poker Hands From Best to Worst in All Its Glory
* Royal Flush – This is the best possible hand in all of poker. It consists of the Ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all in the same suit. It is at once the best possible straight and the best possible flush.
* Straight Flush – The cards in your hand are all the same suit, and they are consecutive. If you have the Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten of Diamonds, for example, then you have a straight flush. The Royal Flush is the only hand in the list of poker hands from best to worst that can beat the Straight Flush.
* Four of a Kind – In this hand, you have the same card in four different suits. For example, if you have the Eight of Clubs, Eight of Diamonds, Eight of Hearts, and Eight of Spades, then you have four of a kind. Since a poker hand has five cards, your fifth card can be anything.
* Full House – Three of the five cards in your hand are the same number or face, but different suits. The other two also match each other in number or face but not in suit. For example, if you have the Two of Hearts, Two of Spades, and Two of Clubs plus the Jack of Hearts and Jack of Diamonds, then you have a full house.
* Flush – All the cards in your hand belong to the same suit, but they are not in consecutive order. (If they were in consecutive order, it would be a straight flush.) For example, if you have the Three of Clubs, Four of Clubs, Eight of Clubs, Ten of Clubs, and Jack of Clubs, then you have a flush.
* Straight – All the cards in your hand are consecutive, but they are from two or more different suits. For example, if you have the Two of Spades, Three of Clubs, Four of Hearts, Five of Diamonds, and Six of Hearts, you have a straight.
* Three of a Kind – Three of the cards in your hand are the same card in different suits. The other two cards are unrelated to each other and to your three matching cards.
* Pair – Two of the cards in your hand have the same rank but different suits. There is nothing special about the other cards in your hand.
Know When to Fold ‘Em
All the poker tips and tricks in the world are useless to you if you do not have any of the winning hands described above. If your hand, when it is dealt, does not even contain a pair, or four out of five cards in a straight or a flush, it is best to fold for that hand. Nobody likes to give up, but there will always be another hand.
If you keep in mind this list of poker hands, you can keep your eyes on the goal and be realistic when choosing how to play your cards.