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Valuing your Poker Hand

The values of poker hands and poker cards below should be used whenever playing poker, until you know them all, so that you can constantly monitor your poker cards as the hand is played and also check the ranking at the end. Once you know the sets below, valuing a poker hand is easy and second nature.

Straight Flush
A Straight Flush is the best value poker hand value possible in poker. No other poker hand value is as high as a Royal Flush being the very highest straight flush. It is a straight five cards in order where all of the cards are of the same suit, for example, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 of clubs. The Ace is either high or low.

Four of a Kind
Four of a Kind is when you have been dealt four cards with the same value, for instance, 4 Kings or 4 Eights. Its a very high ranking hand and you should play very aggressively.

Full House
A Full House is where the player has been dealt 3 cards of the same value and also a pair. Example, Q, Q, Q, 4, 4. Should another player also have a full house then the winner would be the person who's triple had the highest value. 

A flush is where all of the cards dealt to the player are of the same suit. They can be of any card values. Example, 2, 6, 9, J, K of Clubs. When two players tie, again the highest valued card of either hand determines the winner. (See High Card below.)

A Straight is where the 5 cards value is in a running order but are made up of different suits. Example; 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 but varying suits. Where two Straights tie, the highest value Straight is ranked higher and wins the hand. If both Straights have the same value then the pot is evenly split between both players.

Three of a Kind
If a hand holds 3 cards of the same value, then it is said to hold Three of a Kind. Example, K, K, K, 4, 8. If two players both have Three of a Kind, again the highest value 3 cards win.

Two Pairs
Two Pairs is when the player has been dealt 2 sets of 2 cards of the same value. If two players have the Two Pairs, then the highest value pair wins.

One Pair
One pair dealt with 3 other differing value cards.

High Card
When all cards in the poker hand are of different values and suits, then the valuing of the poker hand is by the highest card. In a tie situation where two players have the same poker hand value using their High Cards and they are both the same value then the second highest value card is used.

Valuing a poker hand is one of the first things a poker player should learn.

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