Learning the hand rankings is very important if you want to get anywhere in a game of poker. Whether you are playing with friends, online or playing mobile poker — you must know your poker hand rankings.

When playing poker, the players compare their cards according to the poker rankings and the winner is the player with the highest rank for that hand. The poker ranking include five best cards from the possible seven. Every player combine the two pocket cards and the five open cards for the best hand ranking.

Players must use their personal poker strategy to make the most of the hand they have been dealt.

The standard poker hands are described here from smallest to biggest ranking:

1. High cards – the player with the biggest card wins the hand (the highest card in poker is Ace)
2. Pair – the hand consists two cards of same rank and three other unmatched cards (if two or more players have one pair, the winner is the player with highest pair)
3. Two Pairs – the hand include two cards of same rank plus other two cards of another same rank and one unmatched card.
4. Three of a kind – the hand consists three cards with same rank and two unmatched cards.
5. Straight – this hand has five cards ranked in a row but in more than one suit.
6. Flush – five cards with same suit but not in rank sequence. (if two or more players have flush, the winner is the player with highest ranking card)
7. Full House – the hand contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of other rank.
8. Four of a kind – four cards of one rank and one unmatched card. (this is the third most powerful hand in poker)
9. Straight Flush – any five card sequence in the same suit.
10. Royal Flush – this is the best possible hand in poker and contains five cards, all in one suit from 10 to Ace. (example: 10, J, Q, K, A, all in one suit).

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