The Hand – Ranking And Card Value In Poker

The value of the individual cards and the resulting ranking of the possible hands is one of the basics of the game. Only one thing applies here – internalize and memorize. Therefore we do not use pictures here and limit the amount of information to the bare essentials.

A poker hand always consists of no more than five playing cards.

The colors are not ranked, so the ace of hearts and the ace of spades, for example, are equivalent.

The order of the cards from lowest to highest is 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack (B), Queen (D), King (K) and Ace (A). Usually the ace also acts as the lowest card when needed.

Memorize the definitions and values ​​of the various sheets. The following is an overview of the sheets in the order of increasing value.

Pair / twin, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind / poker, straight flush and royal flush. A higher hand beats all lower hands.

Pair / Gemini (One pair)

Two out of five cards have the same value, as can be seen in our example .

If the pairs are tied, the highest third card determines the winner. If the third cards are also the same, the highest fourth card determines who wins, and if they are also the same, then the lowest cards are compared. That is, proposes for the 5 beats the second

Two pairs (two pair)

two different poker cards couples and another card form two pairs .

If the highest pairs of the two players are equal, the lower pairs are compared, that is, beats, for example .

If the second pair is also identical, the highest fifth card determines the winner. suggests, for example .

Three of a kind

The hand consists of three cards of the same value plus 2 different cards, as can be seen in this example .

If there are two of a kind three of a kind, the next higher cards in both hands are compared.

If these are the same, the lowest cards are compared with each other. That is proposing , because the 9 beats the third


Five consecutive cards of different suits make up a straight , among other things the hand can look like this.

is the lowest-valued straight, with 5 being the highest card.

The combination is invalid because streets cannot be formed around the corner.


Five non-consecutive cards of the same suit constitute a flush, for example it can .

If the highest cards are equal, the second highest cards are compared, if these are also the same, the third highest cards are compared and so on.

beats because the 5 beats the 4.

Full house

Three of a kind and a twin in the hand make a full house, a possible full house could look like this.

If the triplets are equal, the value of the twins determines the result.

Vierling / Poker (Four of a kind)

Four cards of the same value and any other card form the so-called ‘Four of a Kind’.

One possible combination of cards would be

Straight Flush

Five consecutive cards of the same suit, including the following combination of poker cards or all spades constitutes a straight flush.

Remember that the combination is usually not allowed as the ace is either the highest or the lowest Map represents.

Royal flush,

 or a suit, is nothing but a straight flush – the best straight flush.

Every royal flush is equal as the suits are not ranked.

But what happens if the five cards do not show any of these combinations? Then the highest card comes into play. When comparing two hands that do not match either combination, the hand with the better highest card wins. If the highest cards are equal, the next highest cards are compared. If they are also equal, the third highest cards are compared and so on.