The rules of poker are pretty simple but they do differ from one version to another. The basic rules remain the same across games, like the ranking of the poker hands. This is one of the most important rules because not knowing which hand is stronger can result in a disaster at the poker table. Here is the order of the different poker hands from the lowest to the highest hand:
The High card is the highest card if no players have any poker hand. The strength of the high card against the same high card depends on the kicker, which is the second card in value. For example, a hand that has an Ace and a Jack will beat a hand that has an Ace and a 9 because it has an Ace High card and a Jack Kicker.
If a poker hand has two cards with identical denomination, it is a pair. The strength of the pair against the same pair is also determined by the kicker in the same way as the high card.
When a player has two pairs in his hand. The fifth card is the kicker which sets the dispute between identical two pairs..
Three of a Kind:
A Three of a Kind is when a poker hand has three identical cards. For example, a hand that consists of J, J, K J and Q is a Three of Kind hand.
A Straight is when a player gets 5 consecutive cards in his poker hand, regardless of their suite and color. An example is a hand that has 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
When players get 5 cards that have the same suit and color, regardless of their value. So a hand that consists of J, K, 6, 5 and 4 of Spades is a Spade Flush. The strength of the flush against other flushes depends on the highest card in the hand.
A mixed hand with a Pair and three of a kind. Players will have to get 2 identical cards and 3 identical cards such as a hand of J, J, K, K and K.
Four of a Kind:
When players get four identical cards. There is another similar hand that is called Five of a Kind which can only be possible if there is a joker in the deck of cards. Four identical cards + a joker will form Five of a Kind.
A Straight Flush:
A mix between Flush and Straight. It occurs when players get 5 cards that are consecutive in value and they have the same suite.
This hand is formed when players get a straight flush that starts with a Ten and goes up to an Ace. For example, a poker hand of 10, J, Q, K and A of Spades would qualify to be a Royal Flush. This is the strongest poker hand possible.