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Winning Poker Hands - Online Poker Advisor

The winning hand is determined by seeing which hand has the strongest combination of cards, using any combination of "pocket" cards and "community" cards.

The combinations are listed here from strongest to weakest hand. Each combination is illustrated by an example, where the following abbreviations are used: C - Clubs, D - Diamonds, H - Hearts, S - Spades; J - Jack, Q - Queen, K - King, A - Ace.


Royal Flush
Straight flush from 10 to the ace.

Example: 10S, JS, QS, KS, AS



Straight Flush
Straight with all five cards of the same suit.

Example: 7D, 8D, 9D, 10D, JD



Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same value. Suit is irrelevant.

Example: JC, JD, JH, JS



Full House
Three cards of one value together with two cards of another value. When more than one full house is competing, the one with the highest ranking group of three wins.

Example: QH, QS, KD, KC, KH



Flush
Five cards of the same suit. When more than one flush is competing, the one with the highest card wins.

Example: AS, 5S, 7S, 9S, JS



Straight
Five cards in sequence. When more than one straight is competing, the one with the highest card wins. An ace can be taken as either high or low (but not both high and low in the same hand).

Example: 8, 9, 10, J, Q; suit is irrelevant.



Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value.

Example: KH, KD, KC



Two Pair
Any two cards of one value together with two cards of another value. When more than one hand has two pairs of the same rank, the hand with the highest card outside the paired cards wins.

Example: JC, JH, QS, QD



One Pair
Two cards of the same value. In case two hands have pairs, the highest pair wins. When more than one hand has a pair of the same rank, the hand with the highest card outside the pair wins.

Example: 10C, 10S



Highest Card
When players have none of the above, the hand with the highest card wins.

Example: A, K, Q



 

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