Poker Hands

18.2.6.2 Poker Hands

Here's the list of hands, worst through best. The letter behind the rank
indicates the card's suit: h for hearts, d for diamonds, s for spades, c
for clubs. When you're actually playing poker, you'll be playing with a 
four-colored deck.                                                      

High Card
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When your five best cards out of the seven, don't make any viable       
combination the highest card (we count upwards from 2 to A) wins.       

Example: Ah Jh 9c 2s 5d


One Pair
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A hand that contains 2 cards of the same rank and three "blanks" (cards 
that do not add to or create a combination).                            

Example: 6d 6h Qh 9d Ts 


Two Pair
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A hand that contains 2 cards of the same rank plus 2 cards of another   
rank (that match each other but not the first pair) and a fifth blank   
affectionately called the "kicker".                                     

Example: 6d 6h Qh Qs Ts


Three of a kind
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This hand has three cards of the same rank, and two blanks. 

Example: 6h 6s 6d Qs Td


Straight
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A straight is a poker hands which has five cards of sequential rank but 
different suits.                                                        

Example: Th Jd Qh Ks Ac
When a straight meets a straight the highest straight wins.


Flush 
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A flush has five cards of the same suit that do not complete a straight.

Example: Ah Jh 9h 6h 4h. 
When a flush meets a flush, the flush in the highest combination wins.


A Full house
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A full house is a combination of three of a kind and a pair; it contains
three matching cards of one rank, and two matching cards of another     
rank.                                                                   

Example: 6h 6s 6d Qh Qs


Four of a Kind
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Holding four cards of the same rank and a kicker is called a four of a  
kind, or affectionately: "quads".                                       

Example: 6h 6d 6s 6c Jh


Straight Flush
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The highest possible hand in no limit hold'em is a straight flush, five 
cards of the same suit and of sequential rank. The version from T to A  
is also called a Royal Flush                                            

Example: 6h 7h 8h 9h Th