POKER COMBINATIONS

Knowledge of poker combinations is the basis of a successful game. The skills to distinguish the seniority of card ranks, to group them by value and suit, to calculate the probability of winning are mandatory for any poker player. This list contains:

  • 10 traditional high-combinations that are used in Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud and Five-Card Draw Poker;
  • Ace-to-Five low ranks are required in such variations of poker as Lowball and Razz, also combined with high-combinations in Omaha Hi-Lo and Hi-Lo Stud.

High ranks

It is worth starting training with high-combinations which are the most universal and understandable for a beginner. The poker combinations in this list are ranked by decreasing order.

Royal Flush

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It is not considered an independent combination, as it is a rare and most successful case of a “straight flush”. Royal Flush or “Royal suit” is formed from five high cards of the same suit – 10, J, Q, K, A.

Straight Flush

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One of the most valuable combinations in poker. Five cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking. If there is a two-straight flush on the showdown, the winner of the hand is determined by the high card.

Four of a Kind

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Translated as “four of a kind.” A hand is formed from four cards of the same value. The fifth extra card is called the kicker. If the combinations match, the player with the higher value cards wins.

Full House

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A hand composed of three cards of the same value (Three of a kind) plus a pair. It can be said that “full house” form two less powerful poker combinations – “Set” and “Pair”. In a disputable situation, the winner of the hand is chosen according to the three, that is, the set with the highest cards.

Flush

A combination of five cards of the same suit, not consecutive in value.
From two combinations, the flush at showdown wins with the one with the highest value card.

Straight


A hand of five cards in consecutive ranking. The suit in this combination does not matter. The best straight possible consists of A, K, Q, J, T with the highest Ace. Remember that the letter T in poker means 10. Ace or A can also be counted as 1 and form the youngest straight – 5, 4, 3, 2, A. In this case, the high card is 5. In a controversial situation with two straights, the player wins with a higher value card.

Three of a Kind

A combination consists of three cards of the same rank, without regard to the value and suit of the two other cards, which is sometimes called “trips” or “triple”. In a disputable situation, a triple card of higher value wins.

Two Pairs

A combination is formed using a pair of cards of the same value and another pair of the same value. If there is a match on the showdown, the precedence of the cards of the first pair is compared. If it coincided – compare the second pair. If the combinations are identical, the winner is chosen by the “kicker”

Pair

Two cards of the same value without suit. Three additional cards are not counted at the showdown. But when a pair of players matches, the winner of the distribution is determined by the seniority of the additional cards.

High card

The weakest combination in poker, as it allows any combination of cards according to their merits and suits. The winner is determined by the highest card. If the top card of the players matches, compare the second, third, and so on.

Ace to Five Low Ranking

At first, the logic of the formation of a lowball combination may seem a bit confusing and inconvenient. The fact is that in the game the weakest high-hand can become the strongest low-combination. It does not need a clear sequential, and the suit card, in principle, is not taken into account. Sometimes this system of forming poker combinations is called “California.” First you need to remember that the presence of the flush and straight does not affect the seniority of the low-hand. In low-hands from Ace to five, the strength of the hand is determined starting from the highest card. Therefore, be careful when forming a low-combination with an Ace – it will always be the youngest card equal to 1. The poker combinations in this list are ranked by decreasing order.

Five Low or Wheel

The strongest “ace-to-five” low combination possible. Always consists of 5, 4, 3, 2, A of any suit. If two “wheels” fell on the showdown, the combination holders split the pot in half.

Six Low

The combination of any unpaired cards with the top six. The lower second-highest ranking card wins the pot. For example: 6, 4, 3, 2, A is stronger than 6, 5, 4, 2, A, since in the first variant the second card is of less value. If the first and second cards match in combinations, the winner is determined by the third, fourth, etc.

Seven Low

The combination consists of any unpaired cards with the highest seven. The seniority of a combination in a disputable situation is determined by the same principle as in the previous examples. Combinations are identical means a draw. The bank takes the second card with lower seniority: 7, 6, 5, 3, and A is weaker than 7, 5, 4, 3, A.

Eight Low

The combination is formed from any unpaired cards with the highest eight. To determine the winner, you can use the same combination ranking methods, which have already been described in previous examples. It is very important to remember that the “Eight Low” is the weakest low-combination in such games as Omaha Hi-Lo and Stud Hi-Lo. It is clear from the name already that the game uses both high and low combinations. There is no “ace-to-five” restriction for Razze for a low-combination, and 9, T, K, Q, J, as well as their pairs can participate in the formation of hands.