To play the game of Poker, one need to posses thorough knowledge about the cards he/she gets in a deal. Knowing how to judge ones hand is the key of the game.
The following are the possible poker hands listed from best to worst.
Five of a Kind -only possible when using wild cards, is the highest possible hand. If more than one hand has five of a kind, the higher cards wins, five Aces will beat five kings, which beats five queens, and continues on by the ranking of the cards.
Straight Flush– A straight flush is a straight (5 cards in order, such as 4-5-6-7-8) that are all of the same suit. As in a regular straight, one can have an ace either high (A-K-Q-J-10) or low (A-2-3-4-5). Where as (K-A-2-3-4) is not a straight since ace is wrapped around. An Ace high straight-flush is called a Royal Flush and is the highest natural hand
Four of a Kind– Four cards of the same rank like four Aces or Four Kings. If there are two or more hands that qualify, the hand with the higher-rank four of a kind wins
Full House-A full house is a three of a kind and a pair, such as K-K-K-2-2. When there are two full houses the tie is broken by the three of a kind. An example would be J-J-J-5-5 would beat 9-9-9-A-A. If for some reason the three of a kind cannot determine the victor then to the pair is taken into consideration to decide the winning hand (this would only happen in a game with wild cards). An example of this would be K-K-K-A-A would beat K-K-K-J-J.
Flush-In this, all of the cards are the same suit, such as A-J-9-7-5, all of Diamonds. When flushes ties, follow the rules for High Card
Straight-Five cards in rank order, but not of the same suit (it can be any combination of the four suits). An example of a straight is 2-3-4-5-6. The Ace can either be high or low card, either A-2-3-4-5 or 10-J-Q-K-A. When two hands make tie, the highest straight wins, K-Q-J-10-9 would beat 5-4-3-2-A. If two straights have the same value, AKQJT vs. AKQJT, the pot is split.
Three of a Kind-Almost similar to full house (i.e., 3 of a kind) except that remaining cards are not a pair. Once again the highest ranking three of a kind would win. K-K-K-2-4 would beat Q-Q-Q-2-3. If both are the same rank (only in a wild card game), then the High Card rule come into effect with the remaining two
Two Pair-Two distinct pairs of card and a 5th card. The highest ranking pair wins ties. If both hands have the same high pair, the second pair wins. If both hands have the same pairs, the high card wins.
Pair-One pair with three distinct cards. Highest ranking pair wins. High card breaks ties.
High Card– When a hand has none of the above qualifications of any of the ones listed above, nobody has even a pair or better, then it comes down to who is holding the highest ranking card. If there is a tie for the high card then the next high card determines the pot, if that card is a tie than it continues down till the third, fourth, and fifth card. The High card is also used to break ties when the high hands both have the same type of hand (pair, flush, straight, etc).