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Poker Hands Ranked in Order of Strength

Royal Flush: A, K, Q, J,T of the same suit. There are only four of these possible, one for each suit.

Straight Flush: A hand that has five cards of the same suit in sequence.

Four of a Kind: Four cards of the same rank. The fifth card is irrelevant unless, in Hold'em, the community cards show the four of a kind.

Full House: Three of a kind and one pair. The three of a kind determines the highest full house in the event there is more than one full house in a hand.

Flush: Five cards of the same suit that do not make a straight flush.

Straight: Five cards in sequence but not of the same suit.

Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same rank

Two Pair: Two different pair with one odd card.

One Pair: One pair with three odd card.

High Card: Five cards that cannot make any one of the above hands. In this case, the hand with the highest ranking card is the winner. Example of poker cards dealt, A-9-5-4-3 beats K-Q-9-5-4.

There are 2,598,960 ways to be dealt one particular poker hand in five cards. The following chart shows how it breaks down into all possible poker hands.
Odds of Being Dealt Poker Hands

Poker Hands Odds Against
Royal Flush 649,739 to 1
Straight Flush
64,973 to 1
Four of a Kind
4,164 to 1
Full House
693 to 1
508 to 1
254 to 1
Three of a Kind
46 to1
Two Pair
20 to 1
One Pair
1.25 to 1
No Pair
1.002 to 1.000

Poker Hand NIcknames:
AA   Pocket Rockets, Bullets, American Airlines
KK   Cowboys, King Kong
QQ   Double date, Canadian Aces, Siegfried and Roy
JJ   Fish hooks
99   German virgin
88   Snowmen
77   Sunset strip
66   Route 66
55   Speed limit
44   Magnum, Sail boat
33   Crabs
22   Ducks
AK   Big slick
AQ   Big chick
AJ   Black Jack, Jack-ass
KQ   Royalty, Marriage
KJ   Kojak
J5   Jackson five
Q3   Gay waiter
95   Dolly Parton
A8   Dead man’s hand
(A player named Wild Bill Hickok was shot in 1876 after winning with it!)
K9   Canine
J4   Flat tyre

Poker Chat Lingo:
nh   Nice hand
vnh   Very nice hand
gg   Good going
lol   Laugh out loud
tu   Thank you
wtf   What the f***?
st8   Straight
wp   Well played