Basics of Poker and Poker Hand Value

Poker is a game of cards in which every player aims to achieve the highest possible combination from their cards and the common cards face-up cards in the middle of the table. And the pot is won by the player who achieves the highest Poker Hand Value. It sometimes happens that two or more players achieve similar hand values. Usually, the tie is broken according to hand rules. But it is rarely called and when it happens, the pot is shared between the players. You will find five cards in a standard poker hand. The poker hands and Poker Hand Value are described in the following lines in the ascending order of their values.

Royal Flush

When a player gets 5 of the highest cards of same suit, a royal flush is made. And if royal flush occurs with two or more players, then the pot is shared among the players, without any consideration for the suit value.

Straight Flush

When a player has consecutive numeric values for 5 cards of same suit, it is a straight flush. If two or more players make a straight flush, the one with the highest value of end card takes away the pot. And, in case multiple players with the straight flush have similar numerical values, then the pot is broken by the player having who has the highest value of the suit.

Four of a Kind

When a player makes a single card kicker and 4 cards with same value, a four of a kind hand is created. When multiple players make a four of kind, pot is won by the player having the higher card value.

Full House

When three cards of same kind appear along with a pair, a full house is created. In case of multiple players making a full house, the player having the higher value of the three of a kind cards, wins the pot.

Flush

When a player has 5 cards with same suit, a flush is created. When multiple players make a flush, the player with the higher value of suit wins the pot. And when the suits are same in a flush, then the pot is shared by all the winners.

Straight

When a player has 5 different-suit cards, all consecutively ordered according to their numerical value, a straight is made. When multiple players make a straight, the player having the highest end value in the combination of straight hand takes away the pot.

Three Of A Kind

When three cards of same value appear, a three of a kind is created. In case of multiple players making this hand, the pot is won by a player having a higher card value. In a community card game a tie is decided with the highest or if needed the second-highest side card.

Two pairs

When two pairs of cards having same value appear, a two pair is created. Since, this combination occurs most commonly, the player having the highest values on all the pairs takes away the pot. In case of tie, the tie is not broken, but the pot is shared by the players.

One Pair

When a pair of cards matches in rank with no similarity between the three side cards, a one pair is created. In the case of a tie, the player with the highest pair takes the pot away. For players having the same pairs, the side cards are used up to the third-highest card in order to break the tie.