It can happen that nobody has a hand worth anything, even after all community cards have been dealt. In this case, the player with the highest card in their hand (regardless of suit) will win. In the event of a draw, the second, third, fourth and fifth highest cards are compared. Should the best hand be made solely of community cards, a draw is declared and the pot split.
Two cards of the same value, either dealt direct or made with one community card. Players who have the same value pair will look to the kicker to decide the winner.
Two sets of two cards of equal value – such as two queens or two aces. A player may hold one pair and see another on the board, or build both pairs with their own cards and the community cards dealt. If two players have this hand, the one with the highest value pair will win.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of equal value – made of either one or two cards in a player’s hand with the remainder from the board. A common hand when a player starts with a pair – and if you get your three of a kind from the flop, you can get set for some high stakes betting.
Five cards of sequential value, including a mix of suits. Rules for deciding the winner when more than one player has a straight may indicate that the highest or lowest card is taken into account – but never both in one game. Examples of a straight include Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, and Ace, Two, Three, Four, Five (note, King, Ace, Two, Three, Four is not a straight). You might be looking to complete a straight if you have open-ended cards (such as Ten, Jack, Queen, King), or a missing card in the middle (such as Ace, King, Jack, Ten) – though the latter is much more difficult to achieve.