In poker, there are a number of standard combinations that determine the strength of a player’s hand. Here are the main poker hands in descending order of strength:

**High Card:** A hand that does not form any other combinations and wins with the highest card.

**One Pair:** Two cards of the same value accompanied by three other cards.

**Two Pair:** Two different pairs of cards accompanied by one additional card.

**Three of a Kind:** Three cards of the same rank, accompanied by two other cards.

**Straight:** Five consecutive cards of different suits.

**Flush:** Five cards of the same suit, but they do not necessarily have to come in order.

**Full House:** Three cards of one rank plus two cards of another rank.

**Four of a Kind:** Four cards of the same value, accompanied by one additional card.

**Straight Flush:** Five consecutive cards of the same suit.

**Royal Flush:** A straight flush starting with a 10 and ending with an ace.

The high card is the least strong hand and the royal flush is the strongest. In the case of equality of combinations, the strength of the hand is determined by the higher cards, and in the case of a tie – additional “kickers”.

**Royal Flush** in poker is the strongest combination of five cards in one suit. This combination consists of the following cards (in order of increasing value): 10, jack, queen, king and ace.

Thus, a flush royal is the following sequence of cards:

10 ♥ Jack ♥ Queen ♥ King ♥ Ace ♥ (where the ♥ symbol represents a suit, such as hearts)

A flush royal is the highest hand in standard poker, and almost always results in I will win the giveaway. Such a combination is very rare due to its low probability.

**A straight flush** in poker is a combination consisting of five consecutive cards of the same suit. This is already weaker than a flush royal, but still a very strong hand. If two straight flushes have equal high cards, the one with the higher high card wins.

Example of a straight flush:

7♠ 8♠ 9♠ 10♠ Jack ♠

Here, all the cards come in order from 7 to Jack, and they all belong to the same suit (spades).

**Four of a Kind** in poker is a hand consisting of four cards of the same rank, as well as one additional card (kicker). A straight flush is generally considered a strong hand, but it is second only to older combinations such as straight flushes and royal flushes.

Example of a suit:

9♣ 9♠ 9♦ 9♥ К♠

There are four cards of rank 9 (worms, spades, clubs and hearts) and one additional card, a king (K♠) as a kicker.

If two players have squares, the player whose square is made up of higher-ranked cards wins. If there is also a tie, then the kickers are compared.

**A full house** in poker is a combination consisting of three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank. For example, three jacks and two tens. A full house is considered a strong hand, and the higher the rank of threes and pairs, the stronger the hand.

Example of a full house:

10♠ 10♦ 10♥ 7♠ 7♣

This example has three tens and two sevens. Note that the order of triples and pairs does not matter; for example, a pair of sevens and three tens will also be a full house.

If two players have a full house, the one with the highest threes wins. If the threes are also equal, the pairs are compared. If they are equal, the hand ends in a draw.

**A flush** in poker is a combination of five cards of the same suit, but they do not necessarily have to go in order. A flush is considered a strong hand, and its high card is determined by the highest card in the hand.

Example of a flush:

5♠ 8♠ 10♠ K♠ 3♠

In this example, all cards belong to the suit of spades (♠) and the highest card is the king (K♠).

If two players have a flush, the one with the highest high card in the flush wins. If the senior cards are equal, the next senior cards are compared, and so on, until the winner is determined. If all the cards in the flush of two players are the same, then the hand ends in a draw.

**A straight** in poker is a combination of five consecutive cards that can be of different suits. A straight is considered a strong hand, and its high card is determined by the highest card in the sequence.

Example of a straight:

7♠ 8♥ 9♦ 10♣ Jack ♠

Here the cards go in order from 7 to Jack, but they belong to different suits (spades, hearts, clubs and clubs).

If two players have a straight, the one with the higher straight card wins. If the high cards are tied, the hand can end in a draw or, depending on the rules of poker, a kicker (extra card) can be used to resolve the situation.

**A triplet (or three)** in poker is a combination of three cards of the same rank, plus two additional cards that are not a pair. A triplet is a strong hand, and its high card is determined by the rank of three of a kind.

Example of a triplet:

8♣ 8♠ 8♥ 5♦ 2♠

In this example, three eights form a triplet. The 5♦ and 2♠ cards are not a pair and do not affect the leader of the three.

If two players have triplets, the one with the highest triple rank wins. If the threes are the same, then the kickers (additional cards) are compared. If the kickers are tied, the hand may end in a tie, or depending on the rules of poker, an additional kicker may be used to determine the winner.

A two pair in poker is a combination of two pairs of cards of the same rank and one additional card that is not part of pairs. Two pairs are considered a strong hand, and their seniority is determined first by the rank of the pair, then by the rank of the second pair, and finally by the higher card that is not part of the pairs.

Two pair example:

9♠ 9♦ 7♣ 7♠ K♥

In this example there are two pairs: a pair of nines (9♠ 9♦) and a pair of sevens (7♣ 7♠) and the card King (K♥) as the kicker

**A pair** in poker is a combination of two cards of the same rank, plus three additional cards that do not form a pair. A pair is considered a relatively weak hand, and its seniority is determined by the rank of the pair and then by the highest card not part of the pair.

Pair example:

6♠ 6♦ 10♥ 8♣ 2♠

In this example, the pair consists of two sixes (6♠6♦) and the 10♥ card plays the role of kicker.

If two players have pairs, the player with the highest pair wins. If the pairs are the same, the higher card that is not part of the pair is compared. If this indicator is equal, such kickers are used to resolve the situation.

Importantly, a pair is a weaker hand compared to two pairs, threes, straights, flushes, and stronger hands in poker.

**A high card** in poker is a hand that does not contain a pair, triple, straight, flush, full house, square, or straight flush. In this case, the highest card in the hand is decisive.

High card example:

A♠ 8♦ 5♣ 3♥ 2♠

In this example, there are no combinations such as a pair or a straight, and the high card is an ace (A♠).

If two players do not have stronger combinations, then the higher card is decisive. If the players have the same senior card, the next senior cards are compared, and so on, until a winner is determined. If all cards are equal, the hand may end in a draw.

If two players have two pairs, the player with the highest pair wins. If the older pairs are the same, then the second pairs are compared. If they are the same, then they look at the older card, which is part of the pair. If this figure is equal, the hand may end in a draw, or depending on the rules of poker, an additional kicker may be used to resolve the situation.