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The Ranks of Poker Hands

Aug 4, 2008
The majority of the talent involved in playing poker is actually simply the luck of the draw. Getting the winning hand not only depends on what cards are dealt but also on how well the player can read the cards. Knowing all the different hands that can be dealt helps in getting that winning hand.

If a player knows the different ranks of a hand it makes it easier to put together a winning hand. There are basically nine different hands that can be made. The higher on the list the player gets gives the player a better chance of winning.

A high card, one pair, two pairs, three of a kind, a flush, a straight, a full house, four of a kind, and a straight flush are the ranks of poker hands. It is redundant to say that a royal straight flush is the highest hand possible since this is just a straight flush with all face cards. Either way, a straight flush is almost impossible to get dealt.

Winning with a high ace is hard to do, but not impossible. The odds of getting a pair are just as good as drawing an ace. In a deck of 52 cards, the chances of drawing a pair, any pair, is 42%.

Out of seven cards it is much harder to pull two pairs than it is one pair. The chances of getting two pairs goes down to just under 2%. Another player might also get two pairs so you have to be careful in betting if you have a small pair like twos and sevens.

The chances of getting three of a kind is just about the same as getting two pairs but beats it. It is smart to assume that another player has three of a kind if there is a pair showing in the window. Be careful if the other player beings to bet higher even if you have a good chance of winning.

With a straight, the ace plays a dual role. The ace can be considered either the highest card or the lowest. With a king, queen, jack and ten, the ace plays the higher role, but with a 5, 4, 3, and 2, the ace then becomes like a 1 card.

The odds of getting a straight are less than four tenths of a percent, which makes it a tricky hand to get. In a hand like a 7, 8, 10, and jack, many players have lost the hand because they were expecting a 9 to show up in the window. Waiting for a card is almost always a losing hand.

With only two tenths of a chance to get a flush, it is a hard hand to receive. A flush is a hand that has five cards that are all of the same suit such as hearts or spades. If there are three or more cards of the same suit in the window, it is a safe bet that another player has a flush.

One of the highest, and most winning hands achievable is the full house. It is exciting to draw a full house because there is only a .15% chance of drawing it. A set of three of a kind and a pair makes a full house.

The chances of getting a four of a kind or a straight flush are extremely tiny. It does happen but extremely rarely. Remembering the chances of getting these different hands helps the player in betting and also in bluffing, especially during a community game where everyone can see five available cards.
About the Author
T. j. cloutier is one of the top poker players of all time. With 6 wsop bracelets, he ranks 6th all-time. T. j. has also published books on playing winning poker. The only thing missing in his resume is a wsop main event title, suffering through four near misses. pokerstars
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