What are Casino Poker Hand Rankings

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If you want to earn more money, you have to know the hands you will get during a game of Poker. It is recommended that you are familiar with the different hand rankings as you manage the cards you are dealt with before you progress to play Poker for real money at online casinos.

Here are the top ten traditional high Poker hand ranks you should know:

Royal Flush

The highest-ranking cards in Poker. Made up of an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and a ten all in the same suit.

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Straight Flush

A straight flush is made up of five cards in numerical order that all have identical suits.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the highest rank at the top of the sequence wins the pot.

The best possible straight flush is known as a ‘royal flush’ that is made up of Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten of a suit. A royal flush is an unbeatable hand and also the rarest to get.

Four of a Kind

A four of a kind is made up of four cards of the same rank and one side card or ‘kicker’.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the highest four of a kind wins the pot. In community card games where players have the same four of a kind, the highest fifth side card or kicker gets to win the pot.

Full House

A full house consists of three cards of the same rank and two cards of a different matching rank.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the highest three matching cards win the pot. In community card games where players have the same three matching cards, the highest value of the two matching cards wins the prize.

Flush

A flush is made up of five cards of the same suit.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the player who holds the highest ranked card will win the pot. If it is necessary, the second-highest, third-highest, fourth-highest, and fifth-highest cards can be used to break the tie. If all five cards have the same ranks, the pot will be split. The suit itself is not used to break a tie in poker.

Straight

A straight consists of five cards in sequence.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the highest-ranking card at the top of the sequence wins the pot.

However, the Ace card may be used at the top or bottom of the sequence and is the only card that can act in this manner. Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten is the highest (Ace high) straight. Five, Four,

Three, Two, Ace is the lowest (Five high) straight for this example.

Three of a kind

Three of a kind is made up of three cards of the same rank, and two unrelated side cards or kickers.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the highest-ranking three of a kind wins the pot. In community card games where players have the same three of a kind, the highest side card and if it is necessary, the second-highest side card wins.

Two pair

A two pair is two cards of a matching rank with another two cards of a different matching rank including one side card or kicker.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the highest pair wins the pot. If players have the same highest pair, the highest second pair wins. If both players have two identical pairs, the highest side card wins.

One pair

A one pair consists of two cards of a matching rank and three unrelated side cards.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the highest pair wins the pot. If players have the same pair, the highest side card wins. If necessary, the second-highest and third-highest side card can be used to break the tie.

High card

A high card is basically any hand that does not qualify under a category of ranked hands listed above. A high card is also called a kicker.

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In the event of a tie during the game, the highest card wins. If needed, the second-highest, third-highest, fourth-highest and smallest card can be used to break the tie.

Now that you know all about the winning hands in Poker, your chances of acing the game shall increase because you can single handedly determine what your next smart move will be. Most Poker games on online casinos will automatically tell you what your hand is so you don’t really have to worry if you can’t memorise everything in one go. Gradually, you will as you keep on playing Poker at online casinos.

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