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Greatest hands you can get in poker

From Jack Rose
December 2017

Poker is a game of chance, almost exclusively dictated by the shuffle and the deal. Whilst you can bluff your way from a poor hand into winning most of the time to be successful you need to take the initiative when you have the best hand. Certain hands are better than others and there are many different variations of cards in the game so we thought we would list out the top 10 winning hands there are when you play poker with Paddy Power:

1. Royal flush

The Royal Flush is the king of hands whilst playing poker, there are no other hands that beat it and you can be sure that if you are lucky enough to find these cards on the table you will win.

E.g. A, K, Q, J, 10, all the same suit, as per the illustration above.

2. Straight flush

This hand is a very difficult hand to get and this is further proven by the fact it's the second strongest hand in the game. To get a straight flush you need all five cards in a sequence, all in the same suit.

E.g. 8 7 6 5 4

3. Four of a kind

Moving further down the hand strength rankings is the four of a kind, also known as 4OAK. To get this hand you must have four cards of the same rank.

E.g. J J J J 7

4. Full house

Just after the 4OAK comes the full house or three of a kind with a pair. This hand requires three of a kind of the same rank card with a pair of another of the same rank card.

E.g. T T T 9 9

5. Flush

Any five cards of the same suit, but not in a sequence.

E.g. 4 J 8 2 9, all hearts.

6. Straight

Five cards in a sequence, but not of the same suit.

E.g. 9 8 7 6 5

7. Three of a kind

Three cards of the same rank. E.g. 7 7 7 K 3

8. Two pair

Two different pairs of cards with the same rank.

E.g. 4 4 3 3 Q

9. Pair

Two cards of the same rank.

E.g. A A 8 4 7

10. High Card

When you haven't made any of the hands above, the highest card plays. Such as having an Ace against someone else's highest card as a 10, you would win.


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