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How Does Scoring Work In Poker?

How Does Scoring Work In Poker

The scoring in poker is based on a specific ranking of certain hand possibilities and determining which player's hand holds the highest rank.

A player's hand is the five or seven cards held by a player at any given time during the game. There are general rules in the scoring of Poker that coincide with the specific hand rankings. The first rule is that face cards (Jack, Queen, and King) are ranked higher than number cards (2-10). A player with an Ace card can choose for the card to be in a set with the lowest card value (2) or the highest card value (King). If multiple players have the same hand rank, the player with the larger card value wins. The player who has the best hand ranking wins the round and receives all of the chips, or money, in the Poker pot.

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What Are The Hand Rankings?

The hand rankings, from lowest rank to highest rank, follows as suit:

  • A high card means that a player has no possible card configurations in his/her/their hand.
  • A one pair means that a player has two cards of the same value but different suits. An example of a one pair is a "9 of hearts" and a "9 of spades".
  • A two pair means that a player has two sets of one pair. An example of a two pair is a one pair of "9 of hearts" and "9 of spades", and another pair of "7 of clubs" and "7 of diamonds".
  • A three of a kind means that a player has three cards of the same value but different suit. An example of a three pair is a "9 of hearts", "9 of spades", and "9 of diamonds".
  • A straight means that all five cards of a player's hand are in sequential order, or face card order, but not of the same suit. An example of a straight for a player's hand is "2 of diamonds", "3 of clubs", "4 of diamonds", "5 of hearts", and a "6 of spades".
  • A flush means that a player has five cards of the same suit, regardless of the card value. An example of a flush is "3 of spades", "10 of spades", "King of spades", "7 of spades", and a "6 of spades".
  • A full house means that a player has one pair and a three pair, utilizing all of his/her/their cards. An example of a full house is "4 of spades", "4 of diamonds", and "4 of clubs" for the three pair, and a "Queen of spades" and "Queen of hearts" for the one pair.
  • A four of a kind means that a player has all four cards of the same value with each suit. An example of a four of a kind is a "8 of spades", "8 of clubs", "8 of diamonds", and "8 of hearts".
  • A straight flush means that a player has all five cards in sequential order of the same suit. An example of a straight flush is a "2 of diamonds", "3 of diamonds", "4 of diamonds", "5 of diamonds", and a "6 of diamonds".
  • A royal flush means that a player has a straight flush, but the card values are specifically a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace. This is the highest ranking a player could hold.


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