Poker Hands and Odds
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Remember These Odds When Facing Your Opponents
Have you ever wondered why the different poker hands are ranked the way they are? Well, it all boils down to how likely each one of them is to occur. Simply put, the rarer a poker hand is, the higher it ranks (and the stronger it is).
Please note the following card references:
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Interestingly, most, if not all, standard poker games like Texas Holdem make use of a single 52-card deck so it would be possible to compute for your exact probability of getting each hand. But we won’t bore you with the math behind it. You can learn all about that here. Instead, we’ll give you a quick summary of everything you need to know about poker hand odds. Check it out below:
Hand | Description | Count* | Probability | Odds |
Royal Flush | This hand is a set of five consecutive suited cards with an ace as the highest card as in Ad Kd Qd Jd 10d. It’s pretty hard to come by but when you do, you automatically win the pot because this hand is unbeatable. | 4 | 0.000154% | 649,739 : 1 |
Straight Flush | Just like a royal flush, this hand also consists of five consecutive suited cards, but instead of an ace as its highest card, it uses a king or anything lower as in Kh Qh Jh 10h 9h. | 36 | 0.00139% | 72,192 : 1 |
Four of a Kind | Made up of four cards of the same value, this hand uses a random fifth card to complete the set. An example would be 8d 8h 8s 8c 4d. | 624 | 0.0240% | 4,164 : 1 |
Full House | This hand consists of a trip (i.e., three cards of the same value) and a pair (i.e., two cards of the same value) as in 5d 5s 5c 10s 10c. | 3,644 | 0.1441% | 693 : 1 |
Flush | Made up of five suited cards, this hand is unlike a royal flush in that does not need the cards in the set to be in consecutive order. An example would be 10d 8d 6d 4d 2d. | 5,108 | 0.1965% | 508 : 1 |
Straight | In contrast, a straight does not need the cards to be suited but they need to be in consecutive order as in Qs Jc 10d 9h 8d. | 10,200 | 0.3925% | 254 : 1 |
Three of a Kind | This hand is the trip part of a full house. The set is completed by two more random cards as in 7h 7s 7c Kd 10s. | 54,912 | 2.1128% | 46.3 : 1 |
Two Pair | As the name implies, this hand consists of two sets of pairs (plus a random fifth card because most, if not all, standard poker games make use of five-card hands). An example would be Ad Ah 10d 10c 7s. | 123,552 | 4.7539% | 20.0 : 1 |
Pair | Unlike a two pair, as you may have guessed, this hand makes use of a single pair plus three additional random cards to complete the set as in Ks Kc 9d 7c 4h. | 1,098,240 | 42.2569% | 1.37 : 1 |
High Card | The easiest one to come by, a high card hand is simply a set of five random non-suited, non-consecutive cards as in Ks 10d 6h 4c 2s. | 1,302,540 | 50.1177% | 0.995 : 1 |
*Count is the total number of sets of each hand you can make using a single 52-card deck.
Royal Flush Odds
649,739 to 1
This hand is a set of five consecutive suited cards with an ace as the highest card as in Ad Kd Qd Jd 10d. It’s pretty hard to come by but when you do, you automatically win the pot because this hand is unbeatable.
Straight Flush Odds
72,192 to 1
Just like a royal flush, this hand also consists of five consecutive suited cards, but instead of an ace as its highest card, it uses a king or anything lower as in Kh Qh Jh 10h 9h.
Four of a Kind Odds
4,164 to 1
Made up of four cards of the same value, this hand uses a random fifth card to complete the set. An example would be 8d 8h 8s 8c 4d.
Full House Odds
693 to 1
This hand consists of a trip (i.e., three cards of the same value) and a pair (i.e., two cards of the same value) as in 5d 5s 5c 10s 10c.
Flush Odds
508 to 1
Made up of five suited cards, this hand is unlike a royal flush in that does not need the cards in the set to be in consecutive order. An example would be 10d 8d 6d 4d 2d.
Straight Odds
254 to 1
In contrast, a straight does not need the cards to be suited but they need to be in consecutive order as in Qs Jc 10d 9h 8d.
Three of a Kind Odds
46.3 to 1
This hand is the trip part of a full house. The set is completed by two more random cards as in 7h 7s 7c Kd 10s.
Two Pair Odds
20 to 1
As the name implies, this hand consists of two sets of pairs (plus a random fifth card because most, if not all, standard poker games make use of five-card hands). An example would be Ad Ah 10d 10c 7s.
One Pair Odds
1.37 to 1
Unlike a two pair, as you may have guessed, this hand makes use of a single pair plus three additional random cards to complete the set as in Ks Kc 9d 7c 4h.
High Card Odds
0.995 to 1
The easiest one to come by, a high card hand is simply a set of five random non-suited, non-consecutive cards as in Ks 10d 6h 4c 2s.
What do all the probabilities mean?
Knowing these numbers may not necessarily significantly improve your skills and, consequently, your win rate. Nonetheless, they should still help you gauge where you stand at all stages of the game based on what cards you’re already holding and what community cards are being revealed.
Needless to say, aside from knowing these poker hand probabilities, you also need to learn to read your opponents so you know (or at least have a pretty good idea) when you should play or fold. Keep in mind, however, that more experienced players are usually good t concealing what they are thinking or how they are feeling (hence, the term “poker face”) so you’ll need to work a bit harder to be able to read them.
The good news, however, is that the more you play, the better you’ll get at reading your opponents and keeping them from reading you (or tricking them into incorrectly reading you) – all on top of learning to instinctively gauge whether or not you’ll be able to convert your starting hand into a winning one come showdown time. All of these things, in turn, will allow you to make better decisions throughout every stage of the game.
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