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Poker Hands

You can't play a game that you don't know the rules to, so you definitely can't play poker without knowing the ranks of the various hands. Here is a quick refresher course.

Low Poker Hand: The lowest hand you can get; no pairs, no trips, no nothing. In this case, your highest card (called the Kicker) becomes your only real hope.

Pair: Two of the same card.


Two Pair: A hand made up of one pair of one rank and a second pair of another rank.

Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same rank, also called Trips.

Straight: Five consecutive cards, such as 6789T; when there's more than one player with a straight, the straight to the higher card wins.

Flush: Five cards of the same suit. When there's more than one player with a flush, the higher card that is not common to both hands wins.

Full House: A hand made of three cards of one rank and two cards of another.

Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same rank, also known as Quads.

Straight Flush: Five consecutive cards of the same suit. When there's more than one player with a straight flush, the straight to the higher card wins.

Royal Flush: The highest possible hand, a straight from 10 to Ace in the same suit. Also known as a Royal Straight Flush, or just a Royal.
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