Scoring Poker Hands
Should two people have the same type of hand; suits do not determine the winner. The winner is determined by the highest card, or cards, held in the hand.
STRAIGHT FLUSH: This hand is when all 5 cards are of the same suit and in sequence. For example; the 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 of spades would be an example of a straight flush. If you place an Ace with face cards, the Ace is high. Should you place the Ace with a sequence of the 5, 4, 3,2, and Ace – it makes it the lowest hand in a straight flush.
FOUR OF A KIND: When you have four cards of the same rank, all in different suits, this is a four of a kind. You will have one other card as well, since you are dealing with five cards in a hand. The fifth card really does not count for anything.
FULL HOUSE: The cards you are holding for this rank, will consist of three of a kind and a pair. Aces are always high in this rank as you cannot place them with other cards to determine their value.
FLUSH: This hand will consist of any five cards of the same suit (diamonds, hearts, clubs or spades). They do not have to be in sequence.
STRAIGHT: When you have a straight, this will be five cards in sequence, but not the same suit. The placement of the Ace follows the rules in a straight flush. The other cards the Ace is with determines its value. No suit is dominant over another.
THREE OF A KIND: Just like it says - three cards of the same rank. The two other cards do not match. If they do, you have a Full House.
TWO PAIR: Two pairs of cards of any two ranks. Check to make sure you do not have a Four of a Kind or a Full House before settling for two pairs.
ONE PAIR: One pair of cards with three other cards. Make sure you cannot turn the one pair into something better before settling.
HIGH CARD: If you do not have any other ranking of cards, you may have to settle for high card in your hand. Aces are high.
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