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Rank of Hands

The rank of hands in poker remains the same no matter which type of poker game you play.

In a nutshell, a poker hand consists of five cards. Poker hands fall into one of several categories, such as flush, straight, or two pair. The player whose hand is in the higher category wins.

Royal Flush

Royal Flush - Notice how you have mostly picture cards in order of the same suit ?

A royal flush is an ace high straight flush.

Straight Flush

Straight Flush - Virtually the same as a Royal Flush but using low end cards

A straight flush is a five-card straight, all in the same suit.

Four of a Kind - Quads

Four cards, any suit

Quads, or four of a kind, are four cards of equal rank.

Full House - Full Boat

Full House - Beats a flush and all other cards below it

A full house, or full boat, contains a set (three) cards of one rank and a pair of another rank.



A flush is any five cards, all of the same suit.



Five cards of sequential rank. Every possible straight will contain either a 5 or a 10.

Three of a Kind - A Set

3 of a kind

Three cards of the same rank.

Two Pair

Tow of a kind

A two pair is two cards of one rank and another two cards of another rank.

One Pair

Ranks very low

One pair is two cards of the same rank.

Some games are called Hi-Lo Games (Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo and Omaha Hi-Lo) because to win the pot, not only do you need to consider the rank of hands explained above (Hi) but also the lowest hand (Lo). The pot is then split between two winning hands: the high one and the low one.

We've covered the high hands above. A low hand is a hand that contains five different cards inferior or equal to 8. Ex: A- 2- 4- 7- 8

Hi/Lo games are played with an 'eight qualifier' for the low hand, where a player must have five unpaired cards lower than eight in order to win the low part of the pot.

Straights and flushes do not count toward a low hand, and aces are treated as the lowest card. Hands with five cards of equal rank share the low pot equally, regardless of suit.

In Hi/Lo games, the best possible low hand is a 5-high straight, called a wheel or a bicycle. Should two or more players have wheels/bicycles, the low portion of the pot is split. All wheels/bicycles are equal regardless of suit.

A Wheel - Bicycle

If nobody gets five different cards inferior or equal to eight, then there is no low hand and only the highest hand is taken into consideration to elect the winner. There will only be one winner and the pot won’t be split.










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