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Poker hands

Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The cards are ranked from high to low in the following order: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. Aces are ALWAYS high. Aces are worth more than Kings and so on. The cards are also separated into four suits. The suits are:

• Clubs

• Spades

• Hearts

• Diamonds

The suits are all of equal value, meaning that no suit is more valuable than another.


The object of the game is to end up with the highest-valued hand. From best to worst, hands are ranked in the following order:

Royal Flush - This hand is 5 cards in order and of the same suit and is Ace high, so contains (10-J-Q-K-A)

Odds of Royal Flush = 649,739 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

Straight Flush - This is the best hand possible, unless you are using wild cards. This is 5 cards in order and entirely the same suit. A straight flush which has an Ace high is called a Royal Flush.

Odds of Straight Flush = 64,973 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

Four of a Kind - This hand has 4 cards of the same type (example 4 Aces) and one different card. If there is more than one player with 4 of a kind then the highest 4 of a kind wins.

Odds of Four of a Kind = 4164 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

Full House - This hand consists of a 3 of a kind and a pair in the same hand. Ties are broken by the 3 of a kind first and then the pair.

Odds of a Full House = 693 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

Flush - A flush is a hand where all of the cards are the same suit (example 2,4,7,Q,K of spades). If there is more than one player with a flush, the high card rule is followed.

Odds of a Flush = 508 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

Straight - A straight is 5 cards in order such as 6-7-8-9-10. An ace may be counted as either high (after a king) or low (before a 2). A straight may now wrap though (Q-K-A-2-3).

Odds of a Straight = 254 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

Three of a Kind - 3 matching cards of any type along with 2 cards that are not a pair.

Odds of Three of a Kind = 46.3 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

Two Pairs - If the hand has 2 different pairs of cards and a 5 different card. If more than 1 player has two pairs then the highest pair wins, if the highest pair is the same, then the lowest pair wins.

Odds of Two Pairs = 20 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

Pair - If the hand has 2 cards of the same type (ex 2 Jacks) and the other 3 cards are unique.

Odds of a Pair = 1.37 : 1 (Based on standard set of 52 cards with no wild card)

High Card - If the hand doesn't have a pair of matching cards or better then the highest card is used. High card is also used to break a tie when players have the same type of hand (ex. one pair).

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