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Truepokerdealer is a free, instructional, video-based website that teaches how to deal poker from the perspective of casino professionals. We start with the shuffle and cover everything that is taught in a typical poker dealer school.

Poker Hand Rankings, from Best to Worst

Straight Flush

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Example Poker Hand: Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 of hearts.

A straight flush is a hand with five consecutive cards of the same suit (a straight AND a flush in one hand). This is the highest ranked hand in poker with no wild cards in play. With wild cards, 5 of a kind beats a straight flush. Wild cards are rarely used in poker rooms.

Four of a Kind

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Example Poker Hand: 6, 6, 6, 6, King

Four of a kind includes all four cards of the same rank with one card of a different rank, such as four 6's with a king.

Full House

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Example Poker Hand: 8, 8, 8, Ace, Ace

A full house is a combination of three cards of the same rank with two cards of different rank, such as three 8's and two A's. When comparing full houses, you compare the three of a kind portion first to determine which hand wins.

Flush

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Example Poker Hand: 10, 7, 6, 4, 2 (all diamonds)

A flush is made up of five cards of the same suit, such as a 10, 7, 6, 4, and 2 that are all Diamonds.

Straight

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Example Poker Hand: 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

A straight is made up of five cards in consecutive order, such as 9, 8, 7, 6, and 5, where the suits of the cards are not all the same.

Three of a Kind

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Example Poker Hand: 5, 5, 5, Ace, Queen

Three of a kind is a combination of three cards of the same rank with two unpaired cards, such as three 5's with an ace and a queen.

Two Pair

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Example Poker Hand: Ace, Ace, 4, 4, 7

Two pair is a combination of two seperate pairs combined with another card of a different rank, such as two aces, two 4's and a 7. When comparing two pair hands, you compare the highest pair first to determine who wins.

Pair

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Example Poker Hand: 6, 6, Ace, King, Jack

A pair includes two cards of the same denomination combined with three unmatching cards, such as 6, 6, A, K, J.

High Card

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Example Poker Hand: Ace, Jack, 10, 7, 5

A high card hand includes five cards with no connection to each other that is significant to poker. In other words, it includes all hands that do not fall into any of the above categories, such as an ace, jack, 10, 7 and 5 where all of the suits are not the same.