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    Poker Hands A Poker Hand is a set of cards that have been dealt to a player. The value of a hand is determined by how rare that combination is. This is what makes poker so interesting. You don't know what hand your opponent has. They don't know what you have. When you place a bet, the implication is that you do have a good hand. However you may have nothing (bluffing). In order for this dynamic to work, you must be playing for a stake that matters. The players must have enough of a motivation to fold a hand out of fear of losing their money. Even at microstakes, of 25c you have enough of a stake to get players to fold to a bluff.

    Here are the 7 hands of poker from most valuable down. .

    Poker Probabilities wikipedia.org

    The best hand in poker is a Straight Flush
    You have a Straight Flush when you have 5 cards with all the same suit, and the ranks are consecutive like

    10-J-Q-K-A
    5-6-7-8-9
    A-2-3-4-5.

    The higher the rank of your cards, the stronger the hand. So in this case 10-J-Q-K-A (also known as a Royal Flush) is stronger than 5-6-7-8-9, with A-2-3-4-5 being the weakest straight flush.

    Here are some examples of a Straight Flush
















    Topic started on: April 13, 2015, 11:01:16 PM
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    4 of a kind

    this is easy.. :D 4 cards of the same rank. This is the next best hand after a straight flush.


     but what is that 5 doing there? Good question! A full poker hand is 5 cards, any extra card not used is called a "kicker" it is not part of the hand however it can be used to break a tie if both players have the same hand. Obviously there cannot be a tie with 4 of a kind. So in this image the 5 is just an extra card that does nothing. The relevant cards are the 4 nines.
    Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 06:35:16 PM
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    Full House  A full house is next best hand after quads (4 of a kind). You are holding a full house when you have both 3 of a kind and a pair. Here are some examples. Note that in poker, the suits only matters with a "flush" hand. Any other hand, the suit is not relevant. Only the rank is observed.





    Reply #2 on: April 15, 2015, 09:30:42 PM
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    Flush

    A flush is the next best hand after a full house. What is a flush? You have a flush when you hold 5 cards of the same suit. This time, unlike the straight flush which required the rank to be consecutive, you only need any 5 cards of the same suit.




    Reply #3 on: April 15, 2015, 09:44:26 PM
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    straight  After a flush the next best hand is a straight. A straight is 5 cards of any suit, that are consecutively numbered. 

    2-3-4-5-6   

    7-8-9-10-J

    10-J-Q-K-A

    Now if you get such a hand and they are all the same suit what do you have? Yes a STRAIGHT FLUSH  :)  But if of mixed suit it is only a straight. But a straight is still a very good premium hand and would be played all in for all your chips.










    Reply #4 on: April 16, 2015, 01:33:54 AM
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     All the hands listed above are rare and not encountered often. The remaining hands are a set, otherwise known at trips, or 3 of a kind, 2 pair, and a pair. These you will see often. So a set is basically the same as quads but only 3 cards. 3 cards of the same rank. It is a very powerful hand and when you are lucky to flop a set, you are trying very hard not to show any signs of euphoria that your opponents can detect as you pray someone has AA or KK so u can get paid off.

    3 of a kind

    Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 02:20:06 AM
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    the last remaining hands are pair and 2pair. 2 pair is strong as u can get paid off from someone holding top pair. The ranking of same type hands falls on the numerical value and kicker. So say u have A-2 and opp has A-k.  If you pair your ace, u will have kicker problems. This is why you want to stay away from hands like K-6, Q-4. Not only do you have kicker troubles but you also have less chance to make a hand compared to something like AK AQ KQ or QJ where you have two high cards and one of them could hit and u have a decent kicker
    Reply #6 on: April 16, 2015, 02:27:14 AM
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    Here is a YouTube video for Poker hands. It shows all the poker hands from the pair, 2 pair, trips or a set, the straight and flush hands are shown. Highly recommended to watch for beginners

    Reply #7 on: December 05, 2015, 06:59:01 AM
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    Here is a poker hand ranking chart for quick reference.
    Reply #8 on: December 07, 2015, 07:52:54 AM