The most important thing to understand about online poker is the variety of winning hands you can sit with at any given time. All of the winning hands that are currently available are listed below, in descending order of difficulty. On different poker sites, the better your poker hand is, the more likely it is that you will win the current poker round in which you are participating.
1. Royal flush
The Royal Flush is the best poker hand in the history of poker. That means you’ll need a ten, a jack, a queen, a king, and an ace – all of the same suit – in order to qualify.
2. Straight Flush
Specifically, you will be given a series of five cards with numerical values that are sequentially presented to you, and each card must be the same color as the previous card.
3. Fire Like
As the name implies, the objective here is to obtain four consecutive even number symbols on the hand, such as four eights, four kings, or four aces, for example. The greater the value of the number, the better the poker hand you have.
4. Full House
This is about getting three equal cards plus two equal cards, for example, three tens and two eights, to make a total of four equal cards. The best full house hand you can sit with is three aces and two kings, which is the best possible combination.
A flush is primarily defined by the possession of five cards of the same suit. This means that you must have five of each of the following cards on hand: five hearts cards, five diamonds cards, five spades cards, or five clover cards.
When you get a straight, you get five cards in a row that are the same suit as the previous card, such as a two, three, four, and five. Even though it is one of the better poker hands you can get, it is a little more difficult to obtain than other combinations such as two or three of a kind.
7. Three Pair
To win, all you have to do is collect three consecutive even number symbols on your hand, such as three fives, three sevens, or three kings. Remember that it is critical to have as many cards with high values as possible in this situation as well.
8. Two Pairs
If you place a bet on two pairs, your goal is to get two equal symbols plus two equal symbols. For example, two threes and two tens can be used to make this combination. The best poker hand you can make with two pairs is two aces and two kings, which is the best possible combination. It will out compete all other hands with two pairs, as well as all other hands with one pair or a high card, in the tournament.
This poker hand is one of the simplest that you can obtain. Each deck of cards contains 52 cards, with each symbol appearing four times in each deck of cards. As a result, it is relatively simple to have one pair of cards on hand – for example, two threes or two sixes.
10. High Card
It is simply a matter of remaining seated with the highest card in your hand at the conclusion of the round. Assuming that no other player has a winning hand and you have an ace in your hand, you will win the round if no other players have an ace in their hand.
Ranks of the Hand and Their Explanations
Five of a Kind
The best hand a player can have is five of a kind, which can only be accomplished with the help of wild cards. When more than one hand has five of a kind, the winner is determined by whose hand has the higher card (Five Aces beats five kings, which beat five queens, and so on).
The highest possible natural hand is a straight flush. A straight flush is a poker hand in which all of the cards in the straight are of the same suit. For example, a straight flush would be 5-6-7-8-9. You have the same options as in a typical straight: you can have an ace high or low (A-K-Q-J-T) (5-4-3-2-1). On the other hand, a straight can never “wraparound.” (Such as the K-A-2-3-4 combination, which does not form a straight.) The greatest possible natural hand, known as a Royal Flush, consists of an Ace high straight flush. This is the highest possible hand.
Four of a Kind
A “four of a kind” in poker refers to a hand that has four cards of the same rank. If more than one hand meets the requirements, the winner is determined by which hand has a four of a kind with a higher rank. If there are two four of a kinds that have the same rank in some strange game with a lot of wild cards, the winner will be determined by whose player has the highest card that is not part of their four of a kind. A general rule that applies to all situations is that in the event of a tie on the rank of a pair, three of a kind, etc., the cards outside the hand are used to break the tie according to the High Card regulations.
The poker hand known as a full house consists of three of a kind and a pair, for example, K-K-K-5-5. Ties are broken in the following order: three of a type, pair, and finally single pair. Therefore, K-K-K-2-2 triumphs. A better hand than Q-Q-Q-J-J is Q-Q-Q-A-A. (It should go without saying that the three of a kind can only be comparable if wild cards are utilized.)
The term “flush” refers to a hand in which all of the cards are of the same suit. For example, the hand J-8-5-3-2 all of spades is a flush. When flushes are tied, the rules for high cards come into play.
A hand of five consecutively ranked cards, such as 4-5-6-7-8, is called a straight. It’s possible for an ace to be either high (A-K-Q-J-T) or low (A-2) (5-4-3-2-1). On the other hand, a straight can never “wraparound.” (Such is the Q, K, A, and 2 3 combination, which is not a straight.) When there is a tie in a straight, the winner is the straight with the highest rank. (AKQJT wins against KQJT9 by a score of 5432A). The pot is divided between the winners of two straights that have the same value (for example, AKQJT vs AKQJT).
Three of a Kind
Three cards of any rank that are matched with two cards that do not form a pair (if the three cards were a pair, it would be considered a Full House). Once more, the player who has the highest three of a kind wins. In the event that two cards have the same rank, the High Cards are compared.
This consists of two separate pairs of cards as well as a fifth card. When there are ties, the highest pair wins. In the event that both hands have the same high pair, the hand with the second pair is the winner. In the event that both hands contain identical pairs, the hand with the higher card wins.
One pair that has three separate cards. The highest card wins in a tiebreaker.
This refers to any hand that does not meet the criteria for any of the hands listed above. If no one has a pair or better, then the winner will be determined by the highest card. If more than one person has the same top card, they move on to determine who has the second highest card, then the third highest card, and so on. In the event that two high hands have the same type of hand, the highest card is used to decide which of the two wins (pair, flush, straight, etc).
So, how do you bet? In the end, poker is just another form of gambling. Just to get dealt cards in the majority of games, you are required to “ante” something (the amount varies from game to game, but our games are often a nickel). After that, players added their bets to the pot in the center of the table. The pot is awarded to the player with the highest hand at the end of the hand who has not folded. When it is finally your turn to gamble (gambling is often done in a clockwise order), you will typically have one of the following options available to you:
When you call, you must wager an amount that is equal to or greater than what has been wagered since the last time you wagered (for instance, if you bet a dime last time, and someone else bet a quarter, you would owe fifteen cents).
When you raise, you must first make a bet that is equal to or greater than the amount that has been wagered since the last time you placed a bet (this is called calling), and then you must “raise” the bet by an additional amount (up to you, but there is typically a limit.) Continuing with the previous illustration, if you had wagered a dime and the other player had upped the stakes to fifteen cents (up to a quarter), you may raise the stakes to a quarter yourself (up to fifty cents). It was necessary for you to contribute 40 cents to the pot because you owed 15 cents for calling and 25 cents for raising the bet.
When you fold, you forfeit the present hand and any chance of winning the pot, but you are not required to throw any money into the pot. Folding means you are giving up on winning the pot.