Understanding the hand rankings is the most important skill for every poker player. Hand rankings are determined by certain card pairings. The more difficult it is to get a certain combination of cards, the more powerful that combination is and the more probable it is to bring victory.
The poker hand ranks from best to worst.
Five consecutive cards of the same suit, ranging from 10 to Ace.
Five consecutive cards of the same suit, regardless of value. If many players hold a hand of this rank, the one with the most value cards is regarded to be better.
Four of a kind: identical cards in each of the four suits. Complete your five-card hand with the highest card from those on the table or in your hand.
Full House: The same card in three separate suits paired with two cards of equal value from different suits.
Five cards in the same suit, regardless of their arrangement. If more than one player gets this hand rank, the winner is determined by the flush including the highest-valued card.
Five consecutive cards of the same suit. If many players have the same hand rating, the winner is determined by the card with the highest ranking.
Three of a kind consists of three identical cards of three different suits plus two cards. If multiple players have this combination, the winner is determined by the card with the highest value.
Two distinct sets of two cards with the same rank.
Pair: A pair of identical cards of different suits. The rest of the hand consists of the three highest-ranking accessible cards.
The highest card in your hand constitutes your “best hand.”