The most important part of any type of poker is the combination of cards: the player with the highest combination wins. The standard poker combinations are as follows (from highest to lowest):
Straight flush. Combination of five consecutive cards of the same suit (for example, two, three, four, five, and six of hearts). If two or more players have a straight flush, the winner will be the one whose colored flush has the highest card. In five-card poker, there are 40 possible variants of the straight flush (among them, four straight flush variants), and the chances of getting a straight flush with the ace are approximately 0.0015%. In the seven-card poker types (for example, in one of its most popular types, the Hold ’em Texas), the odds are slightly higher, 0.0311%.
Stairway color to the ace (royal flush). It is one of the existing types of the color ladder. This combination consists of ten, jack, queen, king, and ace of the same suit. In some types of poker this combination is known by another name, “flush royal”
Poker (quads or four of a kind). This is the combination that consists of four cards of the same value (for example, four aces, known as “aces poker”) and a single card called kicker. Depending on the value of the kicker, it can be decided who is the winner in almost two players having the same poker.
Full House (or full boat. It is the combination of three cards of the same value and two equal cards of another value: for example, three aces and two tens. If two or more players carry full House in their hand, the player whose combination is won of three cards is more exceptional, for example, a full house of three tens and two queens would win a full house of three sevens and two aces.
Color (flush). They are five cards of the same suit, but the value of the cards can be any (they do not necessarily have to be consecutive, as in the case of the color scanner). In case two or more players have made the color, the combination with the highest card will win. If the highest card of the color is the same in the hand of both players, the second-highest cards will be compared, and so on.
Straight Stairs It is the combination of five consecutive cards, but of a different suit. In the event that two or more players have a ladder, the player whose major card is the highest will win.
Threesome (three of a kind or trips). It is the combination of three cards of equal value (for example, three doses) and two other cards. In Texas Hold ’em, the combination of a pair of hand cards and one more card of the same value is usually called “set.” The “trips” in the Hold ’em Texas is the combination of a hand card and two cards of the same value.
Double couples (two pairs). It is the combination of two pairs of cards of the same value (for example, two queens, two threes) and any fifth card (kicker). If several players have double pairs, the winner is decided depending on who has the major card: for example, the combination of two queens and two sevens beats the combination of two jacks and two tens. In the event that the pairs are identical, the winner will be the one whose kicker value is greater.
Couple (one pair). It is the smallest of the combinations and consists of two cards of the same value along with any three cards. It is also the most widespread combination in poker, being the odds of making it about 42%. In case two players have the same pair, the winner will be decided depending on the kickers. It usually happens that the highest value pair exceeds the lowest value pair.
The rules of poker generally depend on the type of game – in total, there are more than forty different variants in poker, and their rules are often radically differentiated. However, there are several general rules that are common to most types of poker.
Major Card Rule: The importance of poker cards range from highest to lowest. The major card is the ace, then the king, the queen, the jack, then ten, and so on, with the minor card being the two. If in the last card dealt, the two remaining players have failed to collect any winning combination, and the major card will decide who is the winner, winning the player whose highest card is the highest.
Boat distribution rule (or split pot rule). If not one player wins but several wins in poker, the common jackpot is divided equally between the winners.
Parallel boat rule. It applies when a player has run out of money and cannot continue betting (for example, after a player has gone all-in). In this case, a parallel boat is created to which only the remaining players aspire.
“Own money” rule (or stakeholder rule). The player can place bets starting only from the amount of money he has placed on the table before starting the game. You can only increase the stake between two players, but you cannot do between rounds.