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## Knowing the hand combination ranking determines the player's ranking

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The following hand rankings apply not only to **Texas Hold’em**, but also to many different poker games:

### Scattered Cards

The smallest hand in the state without any special deck.

The largest hand is compared first, and if the same, the second largest hand is compared, and so on.

**A♣ J♦ 10♠ 5♣ 2♥**

### Pair

Two cards in the deck with the same number of points.

The winner is the one who holds the pair with the highest number of points.

If the pairs are the same, then the three remaining cards are compared and the principle is the same as that of a loose hand.

10♥ 10♣ 9♥ 4♦ 2♦

### Two Pairs

A hand with two cards of the same number in the deck.

The player with the largest pair wins.

If the largest pair has the same number of points, the next largest pair is compared.

If both pairs are the same, the winner is the one with the largest remaining card (called the kicker).

A♠ A♣ J♦ J♣ 7♠

### Three of a Kind

Three cards in the deck with the same number of points.

The winner is the one with the greater number of points.

If the cards have the same number of points, the two remaining cards will be compared in the same way as the scattered cards.

8♣ 8♠ 8♦ K♣ 4♥

### Straight

A deck of five cards with consecutive points but different suits. The winner is the one who holds the largest card.

Q♣ J♦ 10♥ 9♠ 8♦

### Flush

Three cards in the deck with the same number of points. The winner is the one with the greater number of three cards. If the cards have the same number of points, the two remaining cards will be compared in the same way as the scattered cards.

A♠ J♠ 8♠ 5♠ 2♠

### full house

A combination of three of a kind and a pair in the deck.

The winner is the one with the greater of the three tiles.

If the cards are the same, the larger of the remaining pairs wins.

J♣ J♥ J♠ 8♦ 8♥

### Four of a Kind

A deck of four cards with the same number of points.

The higher of the four cards wins.

If the cards are the same, the larger of the remaining cards wins.

Q♣ Q♥ Q♦ Q♠ 4♦

### Straight Flush

A straight of the same suit. The winner is the one with the biggest hand. A flush is a winning combination of 10, J, Q, K, and A of the same suit, also known as a royal flush.

**A♥ K♥ Q♥ J♥ 10****♥**

Players form their hands by selecting the five best cards from the seven available cards.

For example, if the common card is**9♣ 5♠ K♦ 3♠ A♥**, the player with **A♦ 9♠** will have two pairs and will probably lose to the three card combination with **9♦ 9♥.**

The first task for a beginner poker player is to understand the basic rules and hand rankings. Of course, this is only the first step, but advanced skills such as starting hand selection, odds calculation, action strategies, etc., which are more complex on many levels, are essential to become a professional poker player in the future!