A hand in poker is a combination of cards that is defined by the rules of the game of poker. In the classic poker without wild cards or add-on cards, a hand is a combination of five cards that a player get and is going to compare with other players.
Poker playing cards terms
- The suit of a card refers not red or black, but spades, clubs, diamonds or heart.
- The rank of a card refers to its hierarchical level relative to the other.
Strengths of poker playing cards
In poker, no color is favored over another, a 9 of heart is a priori as strong as 9 of clubs; as well as a straight flush in spades worth as much as a straight flush in diamonds (if they are of the same rank).
Only the rank counts, and in poker the card order by growing strengths is: Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace The Ace may also be used as card value of 1, if the agreement is accepted by the players, thereby forming straights of type Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Order of hand levels
Here it is the list in order of decreasing strength of 5-card poker, which stems directly from the poker odds for the poker with 52 cards.
Royal straight flush
It is a one suit sequence to Ace, it consists of five cards of consecutive rank and whose color is identical and contains the Ace.
(Straight flush to eight)
The straight flush consists of five cards of consecutive rank and whose color is identical.
To describe it, it is told the color and rank of the highest card. Example: a straight flush to eight of diamond.
There is no connection from Ace to Two: the hand “Queen, King, Ace, Two, Three” is not a valid straight flush. A straight flush containing an Ace must end with the Ace or start with the Ace.
Four of a kind
(Four of a kind)
Four of a kind, or poker, consists of four cards of one rank accompanied by any card.
To describe it, it gives the rank (eg, four of a kind of kings).
(Full house, of kings with threes)
The full or full house is made of three opf a kind and a pair.
To describe it, we first give the rank of the three of a kind and the pair (eg, full kings with threes).
(Flush to king of diamonds)
The flush is formed of five cards of the same suit (which does not form a sequence, otherwise it is a straight flush).
To describe it, it gives the color and rank of the highest card (eg, a flush of king of diamonds).
(Straight to eight)
The straight consists of five cards of consecutive rank (and at least two different colors, otherwise it is a straight flush).
To describe it, we give the rank of the highest card (eg, straight to eight).
There is no connection to the Ace to Two, the hand “Queen, King, Ace, Two, Three” is not a valid straight. In other words, a straight containing an Ace must end with the Ace or begin with the Ace (if this agreement is accepted at the table).
Three of a kind
(Three of a kind)
Three of a kind consists of three cards of one rank and two different cards to each other (if not, there is a full).
To describe it, given the rank of the group of three cards (eg, three of a kind of kings).
(Two pairs of kings with eights)
Two pairs is formed by two pairs of cards (of different ranks, otherwise it is four of a kind), and any other card (with rank different from the two previous, otherwise it is a full).
To describe, it is given the rank of the pair of higher rank card and that of lowest rank card (ie two pairs of kings with eights).
(One pair of eights)
One pair consists of two cards of the same rank and any other three cards whose ranks are different from the pair (otherwise it’s four of a kind) and different between them (otherwise it’s two pairs).
To describe it, we give the rank of the pair (eg, a pair of eights).
(High card of king)
A high card hand is a combination of five cards that form none of the above mentioned combinations.
To describe it, we give the rank of the highest ranking card (such as a king).