Hand Rankings in Poker


Hey guys, this is Goku and today we are gonna
be talking about the hand rankings in no limit texas holdem.
There are 9 poker hand categories and we will start from the weakest hand possible and work
our way up to the strongest. So lets get right into it. We will start with the lowest possible hand you can make, which is a high card.
High card is basically a hand made out of 5 cards that are not connected to each other
in any way. Ace ten 7 4 3 beats k q 9 7 3 or ace high
beats king high High card hands are described the the one
or two highest cards in the hand, or by as many cards as are necessary to break a tie,
so in this case J9876 high beats J9875 high and in the last example we have ace high hand
which beats king high hand Next we have one pair hand, which is a hand
that contains 2 cards of the same rank plus three cards which are not of this rank nor
the same as each other. Higher-ranking pairs defeat lower-ranking
pairs. So in the first example pair of aces beats
the pair of kings. If two hands have the same pair, the non-paired
cards (which are called the kickers) are compared in descending order to determine the winner.
So in this case pair of Jacks with 98 kickers beats the pair of jacks with 97 kickers.
And in the last example pair of sixes beats the pair of fours Next we have two pair, which is a hand that contains two cards of the same rank plus two
cards of another rank, plus any card not of either rank.
In order to rank two hands both containing two pair, the higher-ranking pair of each
is first compared. In our first example two pair aces and threes
beat two pair kings and sevens. If both hands have the same top pair, then
the second pair of each is compared. Just like in the second example, two pair
jacks and nines beat two pair jacks and sevens If both hands have the same two pair, the
kicker determines the winner, so in this case two pair sixes and fours with
an ace kicker beat the same two pair with a queen kicker Next we have three of a kind. It is a hand that contains three cards of the same rank,
plus two cards which are not of this rank nor the same as each other.
Higher valued three of a kind defeats lower valued three of a kind so three of a kind
aces beat three of a kind kings If two hands contain three of a kind of the
same value, the kickers are compared to break the tie, as in this example three of a kind
jacks with 8 kicker beats the same three of a kind with 7 kicker.
In hold ’em a three of a kind is usually called a “set” when it is composed of a pocket pair
and one card of matching rank on the board; When it is made by one card that a player
has in the hole with two matching cards on the board we call it trips Next we have straight and it is a hand that contains five cards of sequential rank in
at least two different suits. Two straights are ranked by comparing the highest card of
each. Two straights with the same high card are of equal value.
Straights are described by their highest card so here we have Jack high straight which beats
nine high straigth Ace high straight, which is also known as
broadway, is the highest straigth possible, but the ace may also be played as a low card
having a value of “1” in a five-high straigth, which is also known as a wheel and is the
lowest straigth possible. Next we have flush and flush is a hand, where
all five cards are of the same suit, but not in sequence.
Two flushes are compared as if they were high card hands, so first the highest-ranking card
of each is compared, if it’s the same then the second highest and so on.
Flushes are described by their highest card, so here we have a jack high flush beating
a 9 high flush. If the rank of the second card is important,
it can also be included. In our second example of a flush, an ace-queen-high
flush beats an ace-jack-high flush. Next we have full house, and it is a hand
that contains three matching cards of one rank and two matching cards of another rank.
So basically it is a three of a kind plus a pair.
Between two full houses, the one with the higher-ranking three of a kind wins, so sevens
full beat sixes full. If both hands have the same three cards, the
hand with the higher pair wins. Just like in the second example aces full
of tens beat aces full of eights. Next we have Four of a kind, also known as
quads. It is a hand that contains all four cards of one rank.
Obviously, quads with higher-ranking cards defeat lower-ranking ones.
In our first example quad aces beat quad kings. If two hands have the same four of a kind,
the kickers are compared. Just like in our second example quad fives
with an ace kicker win over quad fives with a king kicker.
If they both had the same kicker, they would tie and split the pot. And lastly we have the best possible hand, which is a straight flush
and is a hand that contains five cards in sequence, all of the same suit.
Two straight flushes are compared by their card that is ranked highest.
Here we have a jack-high straight flush, which beats ten-high straight flush.
An ace-high straight flush is also known as a royal flush, and is the highest-ranking
poker hand. In our last example of a hand we have an ace
high straight flush, which beats a queen high straight flush. Okay so in this lesson you have learned all the poker hand categories and you know that
the weakes possible hand is the high card then we have a pair, two pair, three of a kind, straigth, flush a full house, four of a kind and lastly we have the best possible hand a straigth flush You have also learned that when two hands
are the same the kickers are compared and if the kickers are also the same, the hand is tied
and the pot is split. I have prepared a .pdf with all the rankings
so that you can print it out and learn by heart. Its crucial that you learn it before you start playing thank you so much for watching and congratulations! you are now one step closer to becoming an awesome poker player if you enjoyed this lesson, please share it with your friends, click the like button and subscribe for more future videos you should know that it is very important that you put the knowledge you have acquired into practice this course will teach you all you need to know in order to beat the small stakes games, but you gotta practice you have to get comfortable playing poker, you have to learn these fundamentals by heart. I cannot stress that enough, you will only get better if you practice, even 15 mintues a day will do wonders for your game in the long term so have fun playing and I wish you all good luck! See you in the next lesson!

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