Poker Hands
In poker, as well as most casino mobile games, a card has two defining properties the Suit and Rank. A deck of cards contains four sets of 13 cards (the suits) identified by the symbols Hearts, Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs. The 13 suit cards are valued (have ranking) from 2 (the lowest value), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, to Ace (the highest value).

In most poker games the winner is the hand that is the most difficult to make, and for tie hands the hand having the highest ranking is the winner. The ranking of the hand is as follows (along with the odds of making the hand):

The Royal Flush is the cards the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 all of the same suit. For example the hand containing the A of Hearts, K of Hearts, Q of Hearts, J of Hearts, and the 10 of Hearts. A Royal Flush is the hardest hand to make in poker. In a 7 Card game (like Texas Hold’em) the odds are 1 in 30,940 and in a 5 Card game the odds are 1 in 649,740.

The Straight Flush is a set of sequential cards of the same suit. A “wrap around” from the highest to lowest rank is not permitted, that is the cards K, A, 2, 3, 4 of hearts is not a straight flush. For example the hand containing the 6 of Clubs, 5 of Clubs, 4 of Clubs, 3 of Clubs, and the 2 of Clubs is a straight flush. The odds are 1 in 3,591 (in a 7 card game) and 1 in 72,193 (in a 5 card game).

A Four of a Kind hand is a set of four cards of the same value (rank) and a fifth card (called the “kicker”). For example the hand containing the 7 of Diamonds, 7 of Hearts, 7 of Clubs, 7 of Spades and the A of Spades is a four of a kind hand. The odds are 1 in 595 (in a 7 Card game) and 1 in 4,165 (in a 5 Card game).

A Full House is when you have three cards of one rank and another two cards of a different rank. For example the hand consisting of the 9 of Hearts, 9 of Clubs, 9 of Diamonds, along with the 3 of Hearts, and the 3 of Clubs is a full house. The odds are 1 in 39 (in a 7 Card game) and 1 in 694 (in a 5 Card game).

A Flush is a hand where all five cards are of the same suit. For example the hand consisting of the Q of Clubs, 10 of Clubs, 9 of Clubs, 4 of Clubs, and the 2 of Clubs is a Flush. The odds are 1 in 33 (in a 7 Card game) and 1 in 509 (in a 5 Card game).

A Straight is a hand where the five cards are in sequence. For example the hand consisting of the J of Hearts, 10 of Diamonds, 9 of Clubs, 8 of Hearts, and the 7 of Spades is a Straight. A “wrap around” from the highest to lowest rank is not permitted, the cards Q, K, A, 2, 3 are not a flush hand. The odds are 1 in 22 (in a 7 Card game) and1 in 255 (in a 5 Card game).

A Three of a Kind hand has three cards of the same rank and two other cards (called “kickers”). For example the hand containing the 5 of Hearts, 5 of Diamonds, 5 of Clubs, plus the K of Clubs, and the 3 of Hearts is a three of a kind hand. The odds are 1 in 21 (in a 7 Card game) and 1 in 47 (in a 5 Card game).

A Two Pair hand has two sets of two cards of the same rank (a pair), plus one other card (the “kicker”). For example the hand containing the 8 of Clubs, and the 8 of Spades (the first pair), as well as the 2 of Hearts, and the 2 of Diamonds (the second pair), with the K of Hearts (the “Kicker”) is a two pair hand. The odds are 1 in 4.26 (in a 7 Card game) and 1 in 21 (in a 5 Card game).

A One Pair hand has two cards of the same rank along with any other three cards. For example the hand containing the 10 of Diamonds and 10 of Hearts (a pair), as well as the A of Clubs, K of Spades, and the 4 of Spades is a one pair hand. The odds are 1 in 2.28 (in a 7 Card game) and 1 in 2.37 (in a 5 Card game).

A High Card hand is one where none of the above hands can be made. In this case the highest ranking card in the hand (the High Card) is all you have. For example the hand containing the J of Spades (the high card), 10 of Hearts, 7 of Clubs, 5 of Diamonds, and the 4 of Clubs has only a high card to play. The odds are 1 in 5.74 (in a 7 Card game) and 1 in 2.00 (in a 5 Card game).