Poker hand rankings and the odds of winning

According to the rules of the game, in poker, players form sets of five playing cards.

Before joining online poker tables, you will have to get acquainted with the basics of the hierarchy of hands and the rules governing the poker game.

There are 11 hands that each player needs to know before entering the game, and below you can find the odds of getting them:

 

1. High Card

High card, also known as “no pair” or simply nothing, is a poker hand containing five cards, not all of sequential rank or of the same suit, and none of which are of the same rank.

There are 1,302,540 possible high card hands and 1,277 distinct rankings of high card hand under high rules when using a standard 52-card deck.

2. One pair

One pair, or simply a pair, is a poker hand consisting of two cards of the same rank and three cards of three other ranks (the kickers)

There are 1,098,240 possible one pair hand and 2,860 distinct ranks of one pair when using a standard 52-card deck.

3. Two pair

Two cards of the same rank, two cards of another rank and one card of the third rank (the kicker).

There are 123,552 possible two pair hands and 858 distinct rankings of two pair when using a standard 52-card deck.

4. Three of a kind

Three of a kind, also known as trips or a set, is a poker hand containing three cards of the same rank and two cards of two other rankings (the kickers).

There are 54,912 possible three of a kind hand and 858 distinct rankings of three of a kind when using a standard 52-card deck.

5. Straight

A straight is a poker hand containing five cards in sequential rank, not all of the same suit.

There are 10,200 possible straight hands and 10 distinct ranks of straight under high rules when using a standard 52-card deck. 

6. Flush

A flush is a poker hand containing five cards all of the same suit, not all in sequential ranking.

There are 5,108 possible flush hands and 1,277 distinct rankings of flush under high rules when using a standard 52-card deck.

7. Full house

A full house, also known as a full boat or boat, is a poker hand with three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank.

There are 3,744 possible full house hands and 156 distinct ranks of a full house when using a standard 52-card deck.

8. Four of a kind

Four of a kind, also known as quads, is a poker hand containing four cards of the same rank and one card of another rank (the kicker).

There are 624 possible four of a kind hands and 156 distinct ranks of four of a kind when using a standard 52-card deck.

9. A straight flush

A straight flush is a poker hand containing five cards in sequential rank, all of the same suit.

There are 40 possible straight flush hands and 10 distinct rankings of straight flush under high rules when using a standard 52-card deck.

10. Royal Flush

This hand contains five cards in sequence, all of the same suit. This is the highest type of straight flush, A-K-Q-J-10 of a suit.

11. Five of a kind

Five of a kind is a poker hand containing five cards of the same rank, and it’s only possible when using one or more wildcards.

Every five of a kind is ranked by the rank of its quintuplet.

There are only 13 sets of cards in the whole deck that can result in five of a kind.

 

Mathematics helps you winning!

 

One of the most important things that novice players should learn is how probability works at the poker table so that they can make the best decisions during a game.

A strong knowledge of poker math and probabilities will help you adjust your strategies and tactics during the game!

 

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