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The winner of each poker hand is the player who has the strongest combination of cards, using any combination of "pocket" cards and "community" cards. Listed below are the possible winning combinations arranged from strongest to weakest with an example provided for each as represented by the accompanying graphic.
Ten, Jack, Queen, King, Ace of the same suit.
Straight with all five cards in the same suit.
|Four of a Kind:
Four cards of the same number or face value ("quads").
Three cards of one number or face value and two cards of another number or face value. If more than one player has a full house, the full house with the highest ranking three of a kind ("trips") wins.
Five cards of the same suit. If there is more than one flush, the hand with the highest card(s) wins.
Five cards in sequence. Cards can be in any suit. An Ace can be used in the highest straight (10, J, Q, K, A) and the lowest straight (A, 2, 3, 4, 5).
|Three of a Kind:
Three cards of the same number or face value ("trips").
If two players have two pair, the hand with the highest pair wins. If they have the same high pair, whoever has the second highest pair wins. If they have the same two pair, whoever has the highest fifth card ("kicker") wins.
Two cards of the same number or face value. If two players have the same pair, the highest outside card(s) wins.
The hand with the highest card(s) wins.