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2. Two pair refers to two different pairs of cards and one another
card. EX: A-A-K-K-5 (or) J-J-10-10-7. If the higher pairs are
equal, the lower pairs are compared, so that for example A-A-K-
K-5 beats A-A-J-J-3. Finally, if both pairs are the same, the odd
cards are compared, so A-A-10-10-5 beats A-A-10-10-4.
3. Three of a kind refers to three cards of the same numerical
value and two other cards. EX: A-A-A-3-2 (or) 5-5-5-K-J. If
you have to compare two threes of a kind where the sets of
three are of equal rank, then the higher of the two remaining
cards in each hand are compared, and if those are equal, the
lower odd card is compared, so K-K-K-A-10 beats K-K-K-A-9
because 10 beats 9.
4. Straight refers to five cards in the sequential order of different
suits. EX: 6-5-4-3-2 (or) Q-J-10-9-8.
5-4-3-2-A is the lowest kind of straight, 5 being the top card.
Where 3-2-A-K-Q is invalid since cards cannot turn the corner.
5. Flush refers to five cards in non-sequential order of the same
suit. EX: A-9-7-5-2 (or) K-J-8-6-3. If the highest cards are
equal then the second highest card is compared; if those are
equal too, then the third highest card, and so on. Here J-9-7-5-
2 beats J-9-7-4-3 because 5 beats 4.
6. Full House refers to three cards of the same numerical value
and a pair EX: A-A-A-5-5 (or) 6-6-6-2-2. If the threes of a
kind were equal, the rank of the pairs would decide the outcome.
7. Four of a kind refers to four cards of the same numerical value
and any other card. EX: A-A-A-A-3 (or) 5-5-5-5-7.
8. Straight Flush refers to five cards of the same sequential order
of the same suit. EX: 7-6-5-4-3 (or) 9-10-J-Q-K all spades.
Remember Q-K-A-2-3 is usually not allowed. Since cards cannot
9. Royal Flush refers to 10-J-Q-K-A (or) A-K-Q-J-10 of the
same suit. It's nothing but the best straight flush. As all suits are
equal, all royal flushes are equal.
10.Now what happens when the five cards do not form any of the
combinations listed above. That's when High Card comes in to
play. When comparing two such hands, the one with the better
highest card wins. If the highest cards are equal the second
cards are compared; if they are equal too the third cards are
compared, and so on. So A-J-9-5-3 beats A-10-9-6-4 because
the J beats 10.