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Poker Hand Ranking

Q

What is poker hand ranking?

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A

In poker games, a hand is a set of 5 cards drawn from the deck of 52 cards in 4 suits.

Hand ranking is a set of rules to determine which hand has a higher rank between 2 hands.

Rule 1: A hand in a stronger hand category ranks higher. Below is a list of hand categories starting from the strongest.

- Straight Flush - 5 cards are of the same suit and have sequential values, such as Q♣ J♣ 10♣ 9♣ 8♣, A♦ K♦ Q♦ J♦ 10♦, or 5♠ 4♠ 3♠ 2♠ A♠. Note that Ace (A) can be used as value 13 or 1. The probability of "Straight Flush" is about 0.0015%.
- Four of a Kind - 4 of 5 cards have the same value, such as 9♣ 9♠ 9♦ 9♥ J♥. The probability of "Four of a Kind" is about 0.0240%.
- Full House - 3 of 5 cards have the same value and the other 2 cards also have the same value, such as 7♥ 7♦ 7♠ 4♠ 4♣. The probability of "Full House" is about 0.1441%.
- Flush - 5 cards are of the same suit, but not in sequence, such as Q♣ 10♣ 7♣ 6♣ 4♣. The probability of "Flush" is about 0.1960%.
- Straight - 5 cards have sequencial numers, such as A♣ K♣ Q♠ J♠ 10♠, or 5♥ 4♦ 3♦ 2♥ A♥. Note that Ace (A) can be used as value 13 or 1. The probability of "Flush" is about 0.3900%.
- Three of a Kind - 3 of 5 cards have the same value and the other 2 have different values, such as 2♦ 2♥ 2♣ K♠ 6♠. The probability of "Flush" is about 2.1100%.
- Two Pair - 2 cards share same value and another 2 have a different value, such as 8♥ 8♣ 4♠ 4♣ 10♠. The probability of "Two Pair" is about 4.7500%.
- One Pair - 2 cards share same value and the other 3 have different values, such as 4♥ 4♦ K♠ 10♣ 5♠. The probability of "Two Pair" is about 42.2600%.
- High Card - 5 cards are not of the same suit, not have sequential values, and not share any values, such as K♥ J♥ 8♦ 7♣ 4♠. The probability of "High Card" is about 50.1100%.

Rule 2: Two hands of the same category are ranked using the following rules in order:

- The hand with higher "Four of a Kind" value ranks higher. For example, 7♣ 7♠ 7♦ 7♥ J♥ ranks higher than 5♣ 5♠ 5♦ 5♥ K♣.
- The hand with higher "Three of a Kind" value ranks higher. For example, Q♠ Q♥ Q♦ 7♠ 4♣ ranks higher than J♠ J♣ J♦ A♦ K♣.
- The hand with higher "Pair" value ranks higher. For example, 10♠ 10♣ 8♥ 8♣ 4♠ ranks higher than 10♥ 10♦ 4♥ 4♣ Q♣.
- The hand with higher "Card" value ranks higher. For example, Q♣ J♠ 10♠ 9♥ 8♥ ranks higher than 10♣ 9♦ 8♠ 7♣ 6♠.

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