The knowledge of the hand rankings is the most essential thing for any poker player. Hand rankings are certain combinations of cards. The harder it is to get a combination of cards in your hand, the more superior said combination is, and thus is more likely to grant you victory.
Poker hand rankings from strongest to weakest.
Five consecutive cards of the same suit from 10 to Ace.
Five consecutive cards of the same suit of any value. If multiple players have this hand ranking, the one with more valuable cards is considered superior.
Four of a kind:
The same card in all four suits. The five-card hand is completed by the highest card among the others on the table or in your hand.
The same card in three suits combined with a pair of two equal-valued cards of different suits.
Five cards of the same suit in any order. The flush with the highest-valued card determines the winner in case more than one player has this hand ranking.
Five consecutive cards of any suit. The highest-ranking card in hand determines the winner if multiple players have this hand ranking.
Three of a kind:
Three equal-valued cards of three suits plus two cards. The highest of the three cards determines the winner if more than one player has this combination.
Two different sets of two cards of matching rank.
A pair of cards of the same rank in different suits. The remainder of the hand is formed from the three highest-ranked cards available.
The highest card in the hand is your ‘best hand’.