Know the Hierarchy of Poker Hands
And don’t splash the pot
Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker. Here is the rankings of poker hands to help you out. Know this by heart, because after all, I am still paying you with your mah-knee.
This is the best possible hand in standard five-card Poker. Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit.
Any five-card sequence in the same suit (e.g.: 8, 9, 10, Jack and Queen of clubs; or 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of diamonds).
Four of a Kind
All four cards of the same value (e.g.: 8, 8, 8, 8; or Queen, Queen, Queen, Queen).
Three of a kind combined with a pair (e.g.: 10, 10, 10 with 6, 6; or King, King, King with 5, 5).
Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (e.g.: 4, 5, 7, 10 and King of spades).
Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (e.g.: 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of diamonds, 10 of spades and Jack of diamonds).
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value (e.g.: 3, 3, 3; or Jack, Jack, Jack).
Two separate pairs (e.g.: 2, 2, Queen, Queen).
Two cards of the same value (e.g.: 7, 7).
If a Poker hand contains none of the above combinations, it’s valued by the highest card in it.