The ranking of poker hands

In poker, the colors do not matter. Check, heart, spades or cross have the same rank. The highest hand is the Royal Flush, which is the five cards Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten of one color (for example, all crosses). The next highest hand is the straight flush, again 5 cards of one color as a straight line. An example would be diamonds 7, 8, 9, 10, jack. Thus, the Royal Flush is the highest possible straight flush.

After the straight flush, the quadruplet is ranked, which also uses the name “Four Equals”: four cards of the same rank, e.g. four times the ten. If more than one player has a quad, the higher combination wins. The previously mentioned hands are all very rare in poker games. Above all, the famous Royal Flush is only available once a year for professionals who play full-time poker.

More common are the lower leaves. The Full House: a treble and a pair, e.g. three times the five plus a pair of ladies. When flushing it is enough to have five cards of the same color. The straight or street consists of five cards in a row, where the ace can act as the lowest card (ace, 2, 3, 4, 5) or highest (ten, jack, queen, king, ace).

In triplets, the hand contains three cards of the same rank. If two players have two pairs, the hand with the highest second pair wins. The pair also wins the highest pair. The worst hand that can win a round consists of a single card, which usually shows an ace or king in the case.

Strategies in poker

The aim of the game is to gain something in addition to the originally existing chips (or money). Ideally, all other players are thrown out of the game, they must take away so many chips (or money) that they can no longer afford the minimum bet. To some extent, poker is also a game of chance, and it depends primarily on the cards a player receives, whether they win or lose. However, there are strategies that can improve your chances of winning. As the number of played hands increases, the luck factor keeps fading into the background, and above-average players make above-average profits over the long run.

A relatively simple and obvious strategy is to tailor its use to the quality of the cards. Someone with a good hand should make higher bets than someone who has only a medium hand and thus lower odds. With a bad hand you should not play at all, in order not to unnecessarily waste your bets.

As simple as this strategy may seem at first glance, it is not really. For one thing, the final page is not fixed from the start. Partly you can exchange cards, or additional cards are revealed with which you can make other combinations. Each player can therefore only estimate the probability with which he can make a good hand from his cards. Of course, probabilities always retain an uncertainty factor.

In addition, the value of the combination is not decisive, but the value relative to the combinations of other players. So it’s important to be able to gauge how good the other player’s hand is and to betray as little as possible (poker face). Then you can also win with bad cards (Bluff).

Poker – what is poker?

Poker is a gambling game played with cards. Well known from the most common Western and especially old American gangster films.

The game can be played with five or seven cards per player, with several types and variations. Depending on the game, you play with or without the knowledge of the cards of one or the other opponent. The goal is to win the bet of all players. Usually this is about money, but it is also played as a substitute for matches or other placeholders. Virtually every online poker player has the opportunity to play for fun until you feel it’s enough for the real money tables.

The most famous variant is Texas Hold’em Poker, in which you hold 2 cards in your hand without knowing the cards of the opponents. Win the cards with the highest value. There are several card combinations. The value of the combinations is calculated from the probability to get that combination from a deck of 52 cards.

As with any game where there is something to win or lose, you can hit tricksters. Good con artists can mix a hand so that they always know which card is at which point in the pile. So you not only know who has which cards, but you can also decide exactly who gets which cards when placing the cards. In today’s age of online poker, however, this is virtually eliminated and the risk of being pulled over the table when playing poker is usually only in private rounds, except in old Westerns.